Memento Media captures stories of a lifetime

After two college degrees and a career in management, Tim Sharp was ready to explore his creative side. Inspired by the public’s growing interest in genealogy and the recent television show “Who Do You Think You Are?”, the Beaverton resident started Memento Media this past spring to capture video and oral histories.

His main audience is a growing number of boomers and retirees who are turning 65 by the thousands every day. Because most of these older citizens can remember life experiences from at least the past 55 years, they are ideal candidates to record stories for future generations of family.

For a recent video, Sharp incorporated photos of the couple’s high school, a favorite childhood swimming pool and amusement park, locations where they worked and a stash of magazine covers from President Kennedy’s assassination and Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon to the invention of computers and the 9/11 disasters.

“After our grandparents and parents are gone, we may be sorry we didn’t sit down and listen to more of their stories. They have a lot of great history and valuable lessons to share so it’s important to get all of this information down while we can,” Sharp said.

He will videotape on location in his clients’ homes or other locations. Sharp then researches key elements of the stories so he can add graphics, photos, music and recordings. Depending on the package chosen— drama, action or epic — the length of the finished DVD ranges from a half-hour to three hours. The Action and Epic packages also include Memento photo books and timelines.

For more information, visit or call 503-686-9532.

Alzheimer's caregiver training starts Oct. 9

Portland-area families are invited to attend a series of free Alzheimer’s CARE training workshops developed by Home Instead Senior Care.

The Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE program incorporates an innovative, hands-on approach to help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that often are associated with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

The workshops will teach caregivers how to manage behaviors, encourage engagement and care for themselves while caring for their loved ones.

The workshops will be held Tuesdays, Oct. 9, 16 and 23, from 8-9:30 a.m. at Hearthstone of Murrayhill in Beaverton (breakfast provided); and Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Hillsboro Senior Center. The first October session covers the first two parts of the training program, while the second and third sessions cover subsequent parts. The November session covers the program’s e-online course.

To reserve a spot, call Home Instead Senior Care at 503-530-1527.

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