My mum has had Alzheimer's for a number of years now and as time goes on we find it increasingly difficult to find things to talk about, when I go and visit her in her care home, we often sit with a mixed group and this set has meant the men in the room have been acitively involved in the conversation talking about all the DIY and odd jobs they did around the house, which has led to some amusing conversations! To start with we noticed that short term memory was a problem, but memories from the past were sharper than ever. Now that my dad is in the latter stages of Alzheimer's he struggles more than ever with his memory. 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. The thoughtfulness and detail in the memory collections is stunning. There are examples of old packaging and adverts, and related memorabilia, all in a container reflecting the theme and era. The inclusion of real objects for you to pick up and feel is ingenious. The DIY memory box brought back all sorts of stories. Importantly, there are plenty of things just to talk about. So now that my mum is in the latter stages of dementia, our conversation using the boxes is more around simple observations and expressions of interest. These collections are versatile enough to be used at all stages of dementia. They’re a great investment as you will be able to revisit them again and again and always find something to talk about.