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Recording Your Loved One's Story

By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on

Preserving your family’s heritage is as simple as learning more about the lives of the senior adults in your family. Today’s seniors have lived through many historical events including the Great Depression, World War II and have witnessed the influence of modern technology on society. The lessons they have learned through these experiences can be a valuable resource for future generations of your family. Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire offers information on how to record your elderly loved one’s story while forming a stronger bond with the most cherished member of your family.

Prepare Your Questions

Before you can begin recording your elderly loved one’s story, you may find it helpful to prepare a few questions to get things started. Often, a person may feel as though their life story is not significant enough to record or be unsure of where to begin. Using the questions as a guide, you can record your elderly loved one’s favorite memories, life lessons and personal history while letting them know that they have made an important contribution to the family.

Choose the Right Format

There are several different forms of media that can be used to record your loved one’s story. A video recording offers a way to capture your loved one’s voice and mannerisms so they can be played back for future members of the family. A handwritten journal that includes photographs and news clippings can also become a family heirloom that will be passed down through the generations.

Get Everyone Involved

If you are the caregiver for an aging family member, recording their story can be turned into a family project, allowing everyone to bond by asking their loved one questions about interesting life events. Once the story has been recorded, it can be uploaded to a shared family website or typed and printed to be distributed to extended family members.

By recording your aging loved one’s story, you will be honoring the contributions they have made to the family while preserving precious memories, and what better time than the holidays to show the ones you love how much you care? For more information on how you can make the most of the holidays with your elderly loved ones, contact Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire at 603-471-3004 or click here to learn why we are the experts in live-in home care.