1 PERSONAL LIFE HISTORY BOOKLET of Place a photograph of the person here and write his/her name on the line below
2 This booklet details the life of Preferred Name: Original language Language now spoken Prepared by With
3 Birth I was born on (date) (month) (year) I was born at (eg home, hospital) In (eg city, Town, country) Special circumstances and photographs E.g. who was at the birth? Were you premature or born late?
4 Nicknames and preferred names Do you know why you were given the name you have? What nicknames have you had? How did you get them? Which one/s did you like?
5 Parents I m the child of and You may like to include details such as how your parents met, photos or stories relating to their wedding, or a favourite photo of you with your parents, what your relationship with your parents was like
6 Siblings Date of birth E.g. did you share a room with anyone? What was it like? What games did you play together? What trouble did you get into? What was your relationship with each one like? Who were you closest to? What are some of your favourite memories of them?
7 During my childhood, I lived at Childhood E.g. stories of childhood interests, games and friends, toys and treats, childhood illnesses and disasters, childhood holidays, chores, school stories, what you were like at school, what did you want to be when you grew up and why
9 Important Values and Beliefs Values and beliefs important to me are My religious beliefs and practices are May include favourite sayings, stories or incidents
10 Likes and dislikes A few of my favourite things Smells Foods Recipes Pastimes Seasons Sayings Memories Jokes TV shows, movies Radio programs and stations Music Activities, hobbies, interests, sports Time of the day Others Some things I really don t like.
11 My Daily Routine Include details on what I like to do each day and when I like to do it (wake up, get up, have meals, read paper, shower/bath, go out, stay home etc )
12 Education I went to school at E.g. stories from school days, how you got to school, school buildings, teachers, friends, special awards
13 Turning 21
14 Love and Marriage I married On at E.g. falling in love how did you meet? How long did you date before you got married? Tell me about the marriage proposal? What did your family think of your partner? What work did your partner do? Tell me about your partner s parents and siblings? Tell me about your wedding day? What was the ceremony like? The reception? Gifts received?
15 Children My children s names and birth dates are Tell me about having your children? How did you decide on their names? How did you adjust to parenthood? Are any of your children like you? Did your childhood affect the way you raised your own children? Include any favourite stories about your children and any activities you enjoyed doing together
16 Grandchildren My grandchildren s names and birth dates are Include favourite stories about your grandchildren
17 Work My first job was as a when I was years old. My favourite job was, and I did this for years. E.g. your first pay packet, how you got your jobs, what other jobs you ve done, any special training involved, details about bosses, workmates and positions held, volunteer work, and how you felt about your work
18 Retirement I retired from work on after years of work. Did you have a party when you retired? Did you get a special gift? How did you feel leading up to your retirement, and on the day you retired? What plans did you make for new beginnings and new interests?
19 Friendships My closest friends include Who were your best friends growing up, and what did you do together? What we talked about, clubs and societies and other entertainments, lifestyle and the price we paid, special friends, real friends, neighbours, in-laws. What activities do you do with your friends?
20 Hobbies and Interests My hobbies and interests include What achievements are you particularly proud of? Did you ever go dancing? Were you ever involved in any clubs? Musical talents? What books and movies did you enjoy? Were you ever interested in fashion?
21 The sports I really like to play include Sports The sports I really like to watch are
22 Creative activities I enjoy include Creative Expression Include music played and listened to, drama, arts, craft activities and gardening, favourite magazines, poems, books
23 Travel My favourite trip was to in The best part of this trip was Include travel experiences, where you went, who with, and if you enjoyed travelling, and any migration / travel stories
25 Homes My favourite home was because What makes a house a home to you? Do you like a lot of space? Do you like to garden?
26 Family life and traditions Family traditions I like Family values & punishments Include family holidays, chores, traditions and how you celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter and other special days, Sundays, family remedies
27 My vehicles and other forms of transport My favourite form of transport is because Include memories of learning to drive, speed limits, roads, cost of fuel, first car trip, first car etc
28 Appliances and gadgets from my life
29 War service
30 Hurdles and heartbreaks Although hurdles and heartbreaks are not usually discussed in reminiscence, it can be helpful for carers to understand painful aspects of a person s life so they can provide reassurance and comfort should the topics arise or the person become distressed. Similarly, should pain or distress arise from any area discussed in making this book, after responding to the person with comfort and support, note the event/ topic/ situation and alert others that it evoked a painful memory. Then, avoid bringing it up again. Special memories
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34 Resources Butel, E. (1986). A life album: ABC: Sydney Gregory, K. (1997). Personal Life History Booklet. Alzheimer s Association (SA) Inc: Glenside
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