NORFOLK, Neb. — A statewide project provides support for the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Doris Nelson of Norfolk came up with the idea of creating picture books for veterans with dementia at nursing homes or in Alzheimer's units.
Nelson, a member of the Norfolk VFW Post 1644 Auxiliary, serves as hospital chairwoman for the state VFW Auxiliary.
The state's theme this year is memory loss.
Nelson had Nebraska auxiliaries send three-ring binders with photo pages to Norfolk. The pictures often came from old calendars and focus on themes, such as rodeos, cats, veterans memorials, horses, trains, farm equipment and nature.
Looking at pictures can trigger veterans' memories, making it easier to have a conversation, Nelson said.
“When looking at cats, they might say, 'I had a cat. That looks like my cat,' ” she said.
She planned to deliver a set to the Norfolk Veterans Home this week.
In December, Nelson will deliver books at Christmas parties in Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island. More books will be delivered across the state in February during Valentine's Day parties.