As you get older, you start to think about what you're going to leave behind when you're gone. What memories will your family and friends have of you, and what accomplishments will stand as a tribute to the life you've led? Everyone has had moments in their lives that, when seen from a wide perspective, form the brush strokes of their live. But many of us never capture that image for other people, so it never gets seen.
If you want to paint a picture of your loved one's legacy before they're gone, here are three tools that can help.
Tool 1: Label and Archive Old Pictures
While we have smartphones and digital cameras now, older generations tended to archive their lives with physical photographs. Whether they're professionally photographed portraits, or Polaroids from family vacations, all those photos are probably in a box somewhere. Go through them with your loved ones, and archive them. Put them in order, and create a timeline of their lives in images.
Tool 2: Make Some Audio Recordings
We all have hours and hours of free memory on our phones, and the cloud could hold every conversation we've ever had with our loved ones. So the next time you sit down with the senior in your life, bring along your phone, or an actual mic, and let it record the story they're about to tell you. Audio lasts long after our memories do, and it's a great way to keep our loved one's voices for posterity.
Tool 3: Ask Them To Keep Journals
Whether the older folks in your life are tech-savvy, or they prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, journals are a valuable resource for recording your life. They create a timeline, and they give you an entry straight into your loved one's thoughts. That kind of honesty, deliberately recorded, is hard to get in any other medium.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!