The holiday season is a great time to take action to preserve family memories so that they will not be forgotten when the family matriarchs and patriarchs no longer remember or are no longer there to share them.
Preserving family history and memories does not have to be complex. Seniorcare experts recommend several options for preserving family history and memories for future generations.
Make a video. Have family members pose questions to senior relatives and make a video of their responses. A video is often easier for seniors than writing it down, and as an added benefit, their voice, mannerisms, and personality are also being captured on the video. Although a professional videographer could be hired, it does not need to be that complex: simply videotaping a conversation around a holiday table can suffice.
Organize photos and videos. Boxes of photos and piles of ancient videotapes likely inhabit some corner of a basement or closet. Organize the photographs the old fashioned way or have them digitally scanned. They can be saved on CDs or external hard drives, or turned into hard cover photo books through online sites like Shutterfly. Videos recorded in older formats can also be converted to more modern media to preserve them and ensure that they can be seen for many years to come. In addition to preserving history, photo books and converted videos can make great gifts.
Make a family tree. Using a program like Ancestry.com to preserve family history can be beneficial as it can allow long-separated family lines to connect through this amazing technology. Starting to build a family tree while the patriarchs and matriarchs are able to remember and contribute is extremely valuable. Even if they will not use the technology themselves, being able to confirm information with living sources is extremely helpful and can confirm if the John Smith whose record was obtained is actually the same John Smith who was married to great-grandma.
Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in everyday life or only see grandma as someone in need of seniorcare services. Yet seniorcare experts know that looking to seniors to help unlock the secrets of the past can not only give valuable insight into the family’s past for future generations, but can also help seniors feel loved, valued and respected.