Reuniting with loved ones during the holidays can be a wonderful time of connecting and enjoying time together! It can also be quite eye-opening. Some families notice a growing gap between generations, with the kids huddled together around their phones and iPads while Grandpa sits quietly on the couch just watching. If you’re looking to get the whole family together and enjoy each other’s company, and make some memories, one of our favorite activities is creating a family memory book of a cherished senior’s lifetime legacy.
First, decide how you’d like to record your family memories. You could do it in writing, as an audio recording or on video (or some combination of each). Then gather the questions you’d like to ask. These can be a mix of questions by all of your family members, from the youngest to the oldest. Here are a few examples to get you started:
- What was your first job?
- What’s your favorite holiday memory?
- How did you propose to Grandma?
- What was school like when you were growing up?
- What are some important values you possess that you would like to see continued in the family?
- Tell us about your favorite trip.
- What is one thing that you would have liked to have done, that you did not have a chance to do?
The kids can get in on the fun by interviewing Grandma or Grandpa, asking questions about old photographs or videoing the interview using their phone or tablet.
The holidays can be both fun and challenging when blending multiple generations of family and friends. For more tips on involving seniors in holiday activities like a family memory book, contact the senior care experts at Advanced Home Health Care, provider of senior care in Fort Madison and the nearby areas, any time online or at 319-753-6270 (Burlington) or 319-524-2144 (Keokuk).