My mum has had Alzheimer's for a number of years now and one of the things that happens with dementia is that it becomes increasingly difficult to talk to the person because their frame of reference diminishes over time. Early on the short term memory seems to be the most difficult, yet childhood memories can be very vivid. My mum’s now in the latter stages and sadly, nearly all her memories have gone. This makes any type of conversation almost impossible, and certainly a very stilted and uncomfortable experience for both of us. So what an amazing support these memory collection boxes are! Fabulous for early stages of dementia where stimulating memories of the 'old days' can spark lucid moments; bringing back vivid, humorous stories and anecdotes from way back when. As a family we have enjoyed the experience of creating our own memory box with mum, and we know that as time goes by it is something on which we will look back fondly. As for my mum, as she enters the latter stages of dementia, she still benefits from opening her memory box, although our conversation is more likely to be to do with small details rather than a lucid memory. A versatile accessory, useful at all stages of dementia.