We publish Joyful Memories, a magazine for dementia caregivers to share with their loved ones.
Magazines have played an important part in our story. Trish enjoyed magazines her whole life. As her memory loss progressed, we continued to share moments of joy with her as we looked together through magazines, scrapbooks, and photo albums. Also, Eric has decades of experience producing magazines, and he knows many talented people working in the publishing industry.
For people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, magazines are familiar and comfortable. Print affirms human connection as it conveys permanence, credibility, and authenticity.
When we visit memory care facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to lead singalongs, we often see residents with magazines … sometimes reading them, sometimes looking at pictures, sometimes just holding them.
In March of 2022, we started publishing Joyful Memories, a printed magazine designed for families to share with loved ones living with dementia. Content is timeless and intergenerational, featuring original and curated pictures, stories, poems, and jokes. This magazine provides a comfortable and familiar experience, helping people living with dementia connect with memories and emotions.
The magazine is made possible by the generosity of individual donors. It costs approximately $5,000 to launch each new issue.
Joyful Memories features:
“I’m in love with this magazine. I use it in group settings and for one-on-one engagement, because my residents love reading and writing in their own copy.” ~ Tina Mandrell Brown, memory care coordinator in Texas
“The magazine is perfect. Songs & Smiles is really filling a gap.” ~ Tracy Whitman, activities director in Texas
“You all do a wonderful job on the magazine. Pictures and content are perfect! My granddaughter, who is 8 years old, loves reading the magazine to my mother. Thank you so much!” ~ caregiver in Kentucky
Our first issue was published in March 2022.
A mother and daughter reading Joyful Memories magazine together (photo by Brad Newton)
Thanks to a generous grant from the AWARE Fund at The Dallas Foundation, we will be distributing thousands of free copies of Joyful Memories to individuals and organizations in Dallas and Collin counties beginning in June 2023.