Do you want to learn more about your elderly family members, but struggle to bridge the age or life experience gap? Read below for some idea starters and reminiscing questions for seniors that can lead to meaningful exchanges with your older loved ones.
Growing up, I only saw my grandparents twice a year and would beg to hear their stories whenever I got the chance to be with them. My grandfather was candid and loved to laugh about his wild misadventures, like being stuck on top of a train car during the great Kansas City flood of 1951. Or how when he was in his 20s, he drove Elvis Presley through Germany.
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My grandmother was more demure, preferring to tell stories about my mother and uncles, but only when prompted. At 16, she was crowned the Watermelon Queen of Georgia and had her picture taken with the president in a dress she sewed herself.
I wouldn’t have known any of these unique stories had I not asked questions, and knowing what questions to ask elderly loved ones isn’t always easy. Here are some interesting topics to talk about with seniors and questions to help you bridge the generational gap with your older loved ones:
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The Legacy Project offers a longer list of questions to ask grandparents and other aging loved ones in your life, as well as activities to help your aging relatives recall and share their life stories. Whether you write down these answers, record them on your phone, or just take the time to connect, learning more about your loved one’s life is good for you both.
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