Fruita Monument High School
Memory Books for Dementia Patients
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
I made beautiful Memory Books for a dementia unit in my hometown. These books are used to help spark memories in the patients, and are used by staff, families and volunteers. I volunteered with the patients to keep them busy doing exercise groups, games and socializing.
Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?
I volunteered at a nursing home and saw how board the patients were and that they needed something to do. I did some research and found out about Memory Books and made them for the patients. I also volunteered, when possible, and worked with the patients doing different activities to keep them active and engaged.
How did your Gold Award project make a difference?
I provided five books and four baby dolls to a local center, and I got a local school to continue making these books for other dementia centers in my area. I also recruited other students from the area to volunteer at the dementia center so the patients would have more visitors to help keep them busy.
What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?
I learned about dementia. I learned to be assertive in asking for donations for my books and to keep my project going forward. I am now more comfortable talking in front of groups and to different business people. The project also taught me to budget my money.
What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?
I will remember working with the dementia patients the most.
How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?
It will help me be more confident and to not give up when you are pursuing something important.
Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
The Gold Award project teaches you to be independent and to pursue something you are passionate about. It teaches you to make a difference in the world.