As the holiday season is upon us once again, our thoughts turn to family. A Caring Heart Senior Advisers Vancouver WA offer some gift ideas for the seniors in your life. Often the best gift you can give them is your time and attention. Here we will explore some ideas for spending time with your loved ones and maybe even creating some new memories to be recalled in the future.
When spending time with your older loved one, showing an interest in their past can spark forgotten memories that you may have never heard. You can start by helping them gather special mementos and pictures from times gone by. You can listen to the stories associated with these keepsakes, and then you may want to help them create a scrapbook or a journal. You can write down the story around the photo or the item. You will no doubt be amazed by the stories of where they have been and what they remember from so many years ago. This is also a great activity for people with onset dementia or memory loss. While remembering things that happened yesterday or last week may be challenging for them, the memories from decades ago will often be accessible.
While you are spending time together, why not create a family tree? A genealogy project is a great way to learn more about your family history, and to generate more family stories. You can also add photos to your family tree to bring the past to life. With all the online resources now available, this project is easier than ever before.
Another great idea is to create a photo album together. You can make a digital one by assembling your favorite images and putting them on a DVD that plays the pictures in a slide show. Another option is to make a photo album on one of the photo book websites such as Snapfish or Shutterfly. There you finish with an actual physical photo album to enjoy for years to come.
These are just a few ideas for sharing time and memories with your loved ones this holiday season. It’s so important to take advantage of the time you have together, and to create lasting memories for the generations that follow. Learn more about A Caring Heart Senior Advisers Vancouver, WA.