DISCOVER AN ELDER’S CHILDHOOD STORY
Remembering My Childhood
We collect memories our whole life. All of us do. Whether we are a child of five or we’ve lived for 95 years, we collect memories that grow our life’s story. These stories are always waiting to be told.
But how do we unearth those stories?
Reminiscing with others is a great way to remember stories. Someone mentions gooseberries and your mind goes to your childhood neighbors garden. Another person mentions his very first job delivering newspapers and you remember selling popcorn on the street corner. One mention of cinnamon rolls and you can’t help but think of Grandma Jennie’s homemade sweet rolls. Reminiscing is like ripples in water.
What’s inside Remembering My Childhood?
∗OVER 125 QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDHOOD
∗OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECORDING ANSWERS AND JOURNALING
∗11 REMINISCING GAMES AND ACTIVITIES TO HELP FIND AND TELL AN ELDER’S STORY
∗WHERE TO FIND LIFE STORIES
Who can use Remembering My Childhood?
*Family caregivers can use Remembering My Childhood with an elder in the family, one on one, and is great fun to use during family gatherings.
*Staff members in senior residences can use Remembering My Childhood during one to ones or in group activities
*Family members who visit loved ones in senior residences can use the questions and activities during their visits.
*Make Remembering My Childhood as part of an intergenerational activity. Asking questions and playing games is a quick way to get to know one another.
*An elder can use the questions and activities on his own to write his own childhood remembering journal.
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