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Sharing the Wealth of Wisdom – Tips for In-Home Caregivers

Sharing the Wealth of Wisdom

Sharing the Wealth of Wisdom - Tips for In-Home Caregivers

Sharing the “Wealth of Wisdom”

The greatest inheritance that any of us could hope to receive is the wisdom that our older loved ones have spent a lifetime learning. The holiday season is a wonderful time to sit down with visiting family members to ensure that future generations will be blessed with the wisdom of their elders.

Tips to help you record the Wisdom:

– Use whatever you’re most comfortable with. Some of you may be comfortable using a laptop for taking notes and asking the questions. I like to use – Tape Recorder and a Pen and Notebook. If you have a camcorder, it would be wonderful to get the interview for all to view! If you don’t have a camcorder, at least take a photo of your loved one before, during or after the interview.

Tips for The Setting:

– Try to pick a time when your elder is well-rested. Choose a room that is free from distractions. Sit close enough to your elder so that you can make eye contact. It’s best to do your interview one-on-one, but two or three may work almost as well. Try not to interrupt your elder.

Don’t hesitate to change the question, if it seems too hurtful. But do give them plenty of time to respond. Let them know that you value their knowledge and wisdom.

Questions to Ask during the interview – Here are a few suggestions:

1. What was the most important thing that your parents taught you?

2. What advice do you have for a good marriage?

3. What were your greatest accomplishments?

4. Was there a significant turning point in your life?

5. Is there something that you wished you had done better/differently? If so, how?

6. What is your best financial advice?

7. Who was the most influential person in your life, and why?

8. What is your best advice for raising children?

9. What was the happiest time in your life? What was the saddest?

10. What kind of dreams did you have for the future when you were a child?

11. What was the single most important thing that made you decide to marry your spouse?

12. How can we, as a family, best honor you in our lives? How would you like to be remembered?

There are more great questions for you to consider on the website – Story Corps – http://storycorps.org/record-your-story/question-generator/list/. This site also has some great tips of interviewing your seniors. Enjoy the process and don’t forget to share what you’ve learned with your other family members!

For more information on living longer, healthier, happier lives at home contact:

Hearthside Home Care Inc.

505 State St.

Greensboro, NC 27405

336-808-1351

www.HearthsideHomeCare.com

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