Spark Stories are personalized therapeutic videos using custom imagery & music for those living with Dementia & other brain disorders.
The concept for the Spark Story arose from our own first-hand experiences & needs as family caregivers for terminally ill-loved ones. We knew we had to create an affordable resource to provide as much calming support & positive connection as possible. Our goal is to reduce the strain of the extremely stressful, often unrelenting, emotionally, physically & financially demanding journey for both the patient and caregiver.
Each Spark Story video is thoughtfully designed for your loved one to promote engagement, relaxation, reminiscence & connection between patient & caregiver. They are personalized to a patient’s age, capabilities & attention. Spark Stories are comprised of existing & custom images, video & music tailored specifically to your loved one’s life memories, hobbies & interests.
A Base Spark Story includes:
Family photos & videos with custom captions as appropriate to encourage name & event recall
Images from our Elixir Images Media Library
Favorite TV, movie, sports & entertainment clips
Music playlist consisting of favorite songs & complementary soothing & engaging tracks
Spark Enhancements include:
Professional on-location film shoot by our award winning team, featuring family & friend interviews, greetings & story / anecdote sharing
Our team will capture beautiful images & video of your loved one’s most cherished locations (i.e. home, garden, neighborhood, church, diner, etc.)
A focused section honoring your loved one’s life achievements & milestones
Spark Stories help reduce anxiety, agitation & stress, which promotes positive patient engagement & responsiveness. Although the focus is on Dementia & brain disorders, a Spark Story can provide a calming connection for anyone, at any age, or stage in life.
The facts are startling.
Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia. 50 million people are living with dementia today, yet this number is expected to triple by 2050. With over 15.7 million family caregivers currently providing unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia in the U.S. alone, the impact & burden of this reality is staggering.
Evidence-based research shows that patients demonstrate affirmatory responses & reciprocation when presented with visual imagery & music that can stimulate memories, induce relaxation, and restore calm. Working closely with clinical professionals that are immersed in this field every day, has provided us with key insights that we use in the cadence, flow & content of each Spark Story so that it positively resonates with the patient and their needs.
Each Spark Story is 30-45 minutes depending on the variations & additional enhancements you choose. They are delivered in multiple digital formats designed to fit what makes sense for you and the best viewing method for your situation.
We are on this journey with you & understand the shifting nature of the stages of dementia, so we provide options for updates & modifications, as appropriate and necessary.