Finding holiday activities that delight both young and old can be challenging at best! The energy level of younger generations often far surpasses that of senior family members, and those in between are often fully engrossed in technology; is it possible to find a common thread to bond everyone together?
The aging care experts at North River Home Care would like to share one of our favorite ways to bridge the generation gap during the holidays: working together to create a memory book. Memory books capture the life and legacy of a beloved family matriarch or patriarch, and become cherished keepsakes for generations to come.
First, decide whether you’d like to record the memories in writing, as a tape recording or as a videotape (or some combination of each). Then gather the questions you’d like to ask. These can be compiled by all family members, from the youngest to oldest. Here are a few examples to get you started:
- What is your favorite childhood memory?
- What was your first job?
- What is your funniest memory?
- When and where did you meet your spouse?
- What are some important values and traits you possess that you would like to see continued in your family?
- What is one thing that you would have liked to have done, that you did not have a chance to do?
Involve the kids by having them interview Grandma or Grandpa or ask questions about old photographs.
For more ideas on including your elderly loved ones in family holiday activities, contact North River Home Care in Norwell, MA at 781-659-1366; or in Sandwich, MA at 508-833-1366. Our fully trained companions are available 24/7 to assist with recreational activities, transportation, errands, meals and more, to help your senior loved one enjoy the holidays to the fullest!