Once you’ve reached the second half of a life well lived, you have decades worth of experiences—stories of travel and adventure; of struggles and triumphs; of births and weddings. One of the joys of being older having a lifetime’s worth of memories to enjoy and share with others. There are many ways that you can savor, celebrate, and preserve these memories, and many ways that Daystar Retirement Village can help you do it!
Talk to friends
At Daystar, residents have many opportunities to chat with friends, from participating in an organized activity, such as the walking club, to meeting informally in a comfortable parlor or enjoying a meal together. These are all great chances to share and relive favorite memories. Conversation starters might include:
- Who were your best friends when you were young?
- What kinds of things did you like to do with them?
- What was your family like growing up?
- When you were growing up, how did you celebrate holidays?
- Did you have special traditions?
- What made you choose to marry the person you did?
- What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?
- What was your proudest moment as a parent?
These questions might remind you of some great stories, and you’ll learn more about your friend, too!
Write your stories down
Your grandchildren might love to get a letter from you with stories about what you were like at their age, or stories from when their parents were young! If any of your loved ones are graduating from high school or college, or getting married, a letter from you telling them about how you felt on that important day in your life and what you wish you’d known then, would make a very special and treasured gift. If you want a bigger project, you might think about writing an autobiography. It’s easy to go online and find a company that will print your writing in a beautiful bound book. The local historical society might even be interested in a copy!
Organize photos and memorabilia
If you have plenty of photos or other paper memorabilia like postcards, wedding invitations or letters, scrapbooking can be a great way to appreciate and display them.
Think of how often you wish you’d asked a loved one more questions about his or her life. Think of how much you’d appreciate being able to read stories from your own parents or grandparents lives. Now’s the time to get your own memories down on paper so they can be preserved for those you love.