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Friday, June 13, 2014

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For those in Canada or around the world, you can also reach LifeBio at 937-303-4576.  Our email is info@lifebio.com.  LifeBio provides life story, memory care, and programming solutions for senior living and health care providers.   We have creative ways to meet the needs of those aging normally or those with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, or other forms of dementia. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Father's Day

Father's Day is coming up next month on June 15! It's always a stressful time thinking of what to get your father for this special day. He's been there for you your whole life, helping you fix things, working through problems, and supporting you through life's milestones. You want to show your appreciation for him with a special gift, but what to get him? Over the years, I've given my dad more sports memorabilia, hats, and fishing equipment than he will ever know what to do with. One memorable year I gave him a brush to clean his tires.

Think outside the box this year, and get him the power to create his own autobiography. Our fathers are getting older- they won't be around forever. Let him leave behind his legacy with Lifebio's easy to use tools and website. Your father's legacy will survive for generations after him. It's a gift that keeps on giving, and will show your father how much you love and appreciate him.

This year, let's celebrate our fathers more than ever before. They've shaped us to be who we are today, and they've never stopped showing us their love.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

7 Tips for Writing Your Autobiography

Writing your autobiography can be a scary thing to think about. Where do I even begin? Here are several tips to help ease the process. You'll have your own personal autobiography in no time!

1. Set a goal for completion. Life is busy and complicated, and you may find yourself putting it off. Set your goal to be an upcoming holiday, or the end of the year. You'll find that a deadline helps keep you motivated.
2. Decide the template you want. There are so many ways you can put your life story together. Decide on a set of questions to use, or just go chronologically.
3. Find a friend you can share the process with. Having a friend or a group of people to complete your life stories with can make the process more enjoyable. It's fun to share what you've written, and to learn about your friend's lives.
4. Look at photo albums. Pictures can be a great way to remember some of your favorite stories. We tend to take pictures of what we love the most. Jot down some memories that come to mind from the photos you look at.
5. Make a list of your favorite memories. You've done so much in your life. It's probably too much to write in one book. Write down your favorite things that you've done. Call some family members and ask them what they'd like to know.
6. Answer a question a day. Making an autobiography can be a daunting task. Just write one answer for the day. When you're done, read over the questions for the next day and take awhile to ponder over it.
7. Do the best you can. Don't let one question trip you up. You can skip over it, or you can avoid it completely if you don't want to talk about it. Just keep going until you complete it. It'll be worth it!

Lifebio.com has a wide variety of memory books that can make this process so much easier. It greatly simplifies making your autobiography, freeing you up to think about your memories! Check it out!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Importance of Life Stories

When my grandmother died a couple of years ago, my family and I spent a couple of days going through her things to either get rid of them or keep them ourselves. As we went through her house, I found a couple of photo albums. There was a picture of her at seventeen with my grandfather right before he went off to World War Two, and there were several of her and him as teenagers sitting in a car. She was so young and beautiful, and I found myself thinking. What was she like as a teenager? How did she feel when my grandfather went off to war? Where exactly were they going in that car?

I found myself filled with regret that  it was now too late to ask these questions. My grandma was eighty-five when she passed; most of the people who had known her then were now gone as well. The whole experience made me realize how important it is to ask about life stories from the people you love before it's too late. Now, I will never know the answers to those questions, but other people don't have to make that same mistake. Lifebio is dedicated to helping people collect life stories and memories so they will still be remembered and known for generations to come. Wouldn't you want someone to do the same for you?

Marie Coon, Lifebio 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Keep Family Stories Alive

Sharing stories encourages a closer, more meaningful relationship with your children and grandchildren. Family's stories are worth telling because you may be able to describe people, times and places that no one else in the family knows about. Lastly, you can help the next generation—inspiring, teaching and modeling strength and courage for them.

You're Unique!

You are unique! No one out there is exactly like you. I don't care if you have an identical twin; you are the only person in this entire world who has experienced what you've experienced, thought what you've thought, and accomplished what you've accomplished. This makes it important for you to share your life story with others! People can learn lessons from you that they couldn't from anyone else. You may not know what lesson can be learned from the time you climbed up a tree looking for snipes and got stuck, or from the time you went on a roadtrip to see the world's largest ball of twine. Maybe the lesson is just that you need to be able to laugh. Regardless, your life story is important to tell. Be proud of your uniqueness! Don't let it go to waste.
Visit lifebio.com for great tools to help you tell your life story.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Make sure you wear green today; you might get pinched if you don't! As we celebrate St. Patrick's Day today, it's time to get our Irish pride on!

According to the Dictionary of American History, around 200,000 Irish immigrants came to the United States between the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, more than 56.7 million Americans can claim Irish ancestry. Our Irish ancestors have survived diversity and hardships over hundreds of years. They were persecuted for practicing Roman Catholicism, and they overcame the hardships of moving from the Old Country to the sometimes harsh conditions of American cities. Our Irish ancestors brought to America a heritage that we can be proud of.

Whether or not you have Irish ancestors yourself, today I challenge you to discover where your family fits into the great map of American history. The family that came before you is important to your life story. They've helped make you who you are today. Be proud of them!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Meet John -- Show car driver for Richard Petty -- Eden's Voice of the Elder with LifeBio

You can meet ordinary, extraordinary people everywhere you go.  Today, meet John.  John was interviewed recently by LifeBio by phone.
John lives at Pickett Care, an elder community that follows the principles of the Eden Alternative, realizing the importance of each person being deeply known. 

Listen to John's voice as he shares his own unique and exciting life experiences. 

You'll hear about John’s hometown of Morristown, TN. Enjoy his advice which is…  “Have all the fun you can!”  He talks about family, his beautiful white Corvette (T-top), his experiences drag racing, his work at Magnavox (assembling electronics) and later he worked for Richard Petty and drove his Dodge Charger show car. He drove the Charger 186 miles per hour at the Daytona Speedway!  He has a degree in accounting.  You’ll hear about a scary motorcycle accident he had….a vacation to Hawaii…and about his favorite TV shows, movies, and his love of country music. 

No matter one's age or health issues or background, John reminds us that EVERYONE has a story to tell.  Let's talk....and listen to each other more.....and "Have fun!" too!   

Listen to John's life story. Click Here.





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Thursday, February 06, 2014

5 Outcomes of Social and Emotional Education

When young children connect with each other to share their life stories, they get more out of it than you may think. This form of interaction gives them social and emotional education. They're learning...
1) To talk with people that are different from themselves. Children grow up with their family, who is alike them in every way. Sharing stories with other people allows them to have empathy for that person.
2) To have a face-to-face conversation. Kids are so focused on their social media sites and cell phones that sometimes they don't know how to have an eye-to-eye conversation with someone. It's a skill!
3) To work their brain.  Human beings are complicated things. When kids learn to understand other humans, it's the best form of brain fitness.
4) To be good people. When kids learn to listen to other people, they're preparing themselves for their future. This world needs people who are willing to truly listen to other people and compromise, not just do things for their own gain.
5) To be open to emotions. When kids talk to other people about their life stories, these talks almost always involve laughter and tears. Kids need to be open to letting emotions show and be a part of their lives. Otherwise, conversations can be dead, and emotions can be locked up inside. That isn't healthy.

Schools that not only focus on academia, but focus on emotional and social education will be preparing students for the future. Students will never have to find the third derivative of an equation again. They will, however, have to interact, communicate, and understand people for their entire lives. Sharing life stories can become extremely relevant for students. They'll learn to get off their phones and start participating in the real world. As a result, the community will be a better place.
Go to lifebio.com to find out more about great resources to aid in sharing life stories.

Celebrate your Heritage

February is black history month! It's a month where people of African American descent can celebrate their heritage and the great accomplishments of their race. From the Emancipation Proclamation to the Civil Rights movement of 1964, there is so much to learn.

Whether you're of African American descent or not, let this month be a reminder to discover your past and the accomplishments of your ancestors. Your ancestor's past is as integral to your life story as everything you have done as well.

Talk to older family members or do some research. Figure out your history! It's a part of you, just as much as your children and grandchildren's stories will be a part of you. Did your ancestors participate in the Civil Rights movement? Did they fight in the Civil War? Go back further! Did they come through Ellis Island? On the Mayflower? The possibilities are endless.

Celebrate your heritage. Write your life story. Someday, your life story will be part of your descendant's history. They'll be fascinated to know the things your generation accomplished, just like we're fascinated to learn about our ancestors. It's a beautiful, endless, cycle.