My mother has had Alzheimer's for 10 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 tins 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 collection tins is stunning. There are examples of old packaging and adverts, soft textural food to play with and all in a large, colourful tin. 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 tins is more around "This is half a cucumber" or "I like the tea pot in that picture". 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.