Providing elder care for an aging loved one is about much more than making sure she is compliant with her medication and treatments, and helping her fulfill her activities of daily living. Innovative elder care is about addressing the entire senior, meaning going beyond just the physical needs to addressing psychological, cognitive and emotional needs as well. For many seniors, one of the most difficult challenges of getting older is feeling as though they are becoming irrelevant, or are being ignored and forgotten by their families and society as a whole. Whereas many other cultures place tremendous value and honor on their elderly, it is a sad reality that our society places much more emphasis on youth and tends to belittle and push aside older people. Helping your aging loved one to feel more acknowledged, and ensuring that future generations will be aware of the contributions that this relative made to the family and to the world is incredibly meaningful. One of the best ways that you can do this is by creating an oral history with your loved one.
Creating an oral history as part of the elder care services that you provide for your aging loved one is a powerful way of giving that loved one a voice, and allowing her to leave a valuable legacy for generations to come. Oral history is a time honored tradition on which all cultures, religions and understandings of the past have been built. Though it is common for seniors of today to write down their memories or create picture albums for younger generations, and oral history gives greater depth and personality to these recollections.
This project is not have to be complicated or expensive. Most mobile devices beyond the very most basic models have video capability and can record with impressive quality. These videos can then be uploaded directly onto a computer. You can also use a video camera and upload the history and the same way. The recordings can then be burned onto individual DVDs.
When planning the oral history, encourage your aging loved one to discuss:
- Where and when she was born
- How she came to live where she does now
- Her parents, grandparents and siblings
- How she met her husband
- Her first job
- Pets that she owned throughout her life
- Her favorite pastimes and hobbies
- Any talents that she has
- Important lessons that she has learned throughout life
- Special traditions that she holds dear
- Where and when her children were born
- Funny memories that she has with her family members
- Her hopes and aspirations for herself and for her family.
Care Connection provides elder care in Grand Ledge, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.