Without a doubt, boomers have experienced an array of things. These experiences have equipped them with a certain understanding that the younger generations don’t have. So, if you have an older neighbor, parent, or grandparent around you, don’t overlook the wisdom they can offer you while reflecting on life.
In view of this, the National Day of Listening has performed lots of tasks to put together words of wisdom from older adults. This association encourages you to be more attentive to your senior friends and family members as they share their understanding of life with you.
Recording Your Discussion with Older Adults Concerning Reflection on Life
Simply put, the basic goal of the National Day of Listening is “To honor a loved one through Listening.” It is believed that this reflection on life by seniors is a simple yet meaningful gift that everyone can afford to give during this period.
By listening to what the older relatives and friends have to say, you can improve the knowledge of the history of your family as well as your connection with them.
Here are some vital questions you can ask as seniors reflect on life and share wisdom with you:
- What would you like people to remember you for?
- Has becoming a parent or grandparent changed you? If yes, how?
- Did you find the happiness you have always wanted?
- What advice would you like to give younger couples?
- What are your proudest moments in life?
- Describe your happiest moments in life.
- What are the achievements you are most proud of?
- What advice do you have for people about raising children or even grandchildren?
- What did you feel you would look like when you got older?
- Describe your parents and grandparents.
- Who has been the most vital individual in your life?
- Who has had the most significant impact on your life?
- Are there goals you would still like to achieve?
- Who do you consider to be the most trustworthy friend you have ever had?
- What was your first trip?
- What were the major challenges you faced during the first few years of your marriage?
- What was your view about raising a family when you were younger?
- Did you ever survive a significant financial problem or man-made or natural disaster? If yes, how did you survive it?
- Have you ever lost someone close to you? How did you cope?
- How were you able to deal with commitment before marriage?
- What do you enjoy the most about retirement?
- What are the most essential lessons you have learned about life?
Remember that you can ask these awesome questions and record the answers at any time or day of the year. Make sure that the environment is conducive to asking and answering questions.
In general, the main thing is to improve your connection with your senior friends or relatives as they continue to reflect on life which, in turn, helps you learn more about life. Of course, during this question-and-answer session, the older adult may also have some questions for you. So, be prepared for the possibility of answering questions.
This article is offered to you by eLearning for Seniors.
- Jerrold Burden