“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Just buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the Cardinals,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game
It’s that time of the year again, Cardinal’s baseball season. For many St. Louisan’s this time of the year brings memories of joy, childhood, peanuts, hotdogs, games with family and friends, and hot summer nights. It brings back the sounds of the bat cracking as Stan Musial hits a home run and the crowd goes crazy! For many it’s the start of a new year and the hope that this season will bring with it another World Series win!
Reminiscing is a great way to engage a person with dementia. Many times recent memories or events will not connect with a person who has dementia anymore. As family members and friends, you are an expert on your loved one! Bring up stories about Cardinals baseball, family trips, holiday events, weddings, or other important life events. Focus on your loved one’s past, history, and happy life moments. Engaging them in conversation is easier if they know the topic.
- What happened 50 years ago is probably easier to retrieve than what happened yesterday.
- Reminiscing is a great family activity. If your loved one has old pictures or blankets/quilts stored away, bring them out. This will allow your loved one to stay engaged, and family members can learn history about their parents or grandparents.
During these discussions keep in mind:
- Details do not have to be accurate
- Focus on the feelings these events created, the visual space that the memories had, and the people who were present.
- Even if your loved one’s account of the event is not accurate, live in the moment. Do not correct your loved or focus on the factual details of the memory. The goal is to help your loved one engage in conversation and get the memories flowing.
Our friends at the Alzheimer’s Association have a wonderful program called the Cardinals Reminiscence League. It is designed for baseball lovers to meet and talk about the games, players, and connect over their own memories of baseball. For more information please call 1.800.272.3900 or 314.432.3422