Memories: Getting To Know My Dad
It was lovely to learn more about his life and see his face light up as he answered the questions, each answer generating a great conversation. Even though I spend a lot of time with my Dad, I found that there was still so much that I didn’t know about him. I thought it was amazing that he could still remember the names of his Primary School teachers as he is 89 years old now.
Sitting with him and asking him the questions in my booklet also triggered other memories for him. I really enjoyed listening to the stories that he told me about his life, and even more importantly, he had a lot of fun talking about them.
My Dad worked very hard all his adult life, and even after retiring he worked as a gardener for many years. He was also the Handyman at a Sheltered Housing Complex near where he lived up until he was 82 years old – fantastic!! Knowing how active he has been in the past, I always encourage him to keep active and not just sit and watch television. He is very fortunate that he is still very fit and mobile, so now that the weather is getting better, he goes for a walk twice a day. He also enjoys reading and playing his accordion and violin. Yesterday he told me that he would like to play draughts with one of his friends in Dorrator Court where he lives. This is something that I can also play with him when I visit again, keeping his mind active and stimulated.
Conversation, playing games and musical instruments, reading and recalling memories all help to keep the mind active, which is very important when we get older, so make the most of sharing all of these activities with your elderly loved one while you still can.
I would love to hear your experiences completing the Getting To Know You booklet with a loved one. Please share below, or on my Facebook page.
The booklet is available HERE