As a family caregiver, you probably spend a lot of time in the company of your aging relative. Sometimes you may find yourself bored and wondering what else you could possibly have to talk about after spending hours together every day. Well, here’s an idea – why not celebrate Family Stories Month. Family Stories Month occurs each November and encourages people to share their family stories with one another. It’s a great way to pass on family history and share memories of happy days. You may be surprised at some of the adventures your loved one has been on and the things they’ve done during their life. Below are 7 prompts for caregivers to use to get seniors talking about their family stories.
Invite the senior to tell you about their first job. How old were they when they started working? What did they do? How did they use the money they made? You could also ask about their favorite job or the job they did the longest. Find out what they liked and what they didn’t.
Ask the senior to tell you the story of how they met their spouse. Find out what their first impressions were and if it was “love at first sight.” Ask about special dates they went on and happy memories from their courtship.
Begin a conversation about pets the older adult has had. Do they have a special memory of a pet? What was their first pet? Where did it come from? How old were they when they got it?
Talk about childhood friends. Ask who their best friend was when they were young. What are some of the adventures they had together? What did the person look like? What did they like about them?
#5: Military Service
If the senior was in the military, ask them to tell you about it. Find out what arm of the military they served in and the places they travelled. Ask about military friends, training, and experiences.
Ask about the senior’s school days. Find out how school was different from when you went. What were they expected to wear? What were classes like? Did they go to college? What did they study?
Find out what the senior’s favorite vacation place was. Ask what made it special and what they did there. Who went on vacation with them? What was the most exciting thing they saw or did?
Being a caregiver doesn’t have to be boring. It can be an excellent opportunity for you to get to know your aging relative better. In fact, some caregivers even record the stories their older family members tell to compile into a family history to share with others. It can be a rewarding project for caregivers and seniors to work on together.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Point Pleasant, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.