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5 ways to save memories for the elderly

If you've seen 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, you know that memory for some people can be a tricky thing.

If you have a parent you are losing to Alzheimer's, you know firsthand. Here are some tips for keeping the memories of your loved one, new and old, for the future.

  1. Use what you have at your fingertips.

Your phone can be a great way to keep and store memories of and with your loved ones. Start by creating a shared drive online where the whole family can see what's been uploaded, whether pictures or videos. Then, if you want to get a little more advanced, you can add other storage options using applications or online platforms.

Common photo sharing tools include Drop box, Flickr, iCloud Photo Stream and Google+ Photos. The Verge rated these as some of the best photo apps for keeping memories in the cloud.

Other options from PC Mag that are specifically for sharing memories include Smile box, Picaboo, Mix book and Shutter fly.

  1. Keep photo albums/scrapbooks.

While you can keep digital albums and scrapbooks using applications online, you can also create albums and scrapbooks the old-fashioned way. One consideration here is the digital picture frame, where the user can upload photos to a flash drive and put them into a frame that creates a slideshow of the images for your loved one.

  1. Make a video.

Sometimes the best way to store memories is to catalog all the good times that you have on video. You can take all your videos or images that you have from times with that person and put them together. One tool for cell phones is Videolicious, which allows you to make videos from your phone directly. You can also invest in Adobe Premiere Software, Final Cut Pro or other video software in order to create your masterpiece. Sometimes even your own computer will have editing tools for videos or pictures so that you can make a slideshow or video. Read More..

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