Interviewing an older family member can help younger people gain a sense of their roots (where they have come from) and sense of identity. Important learning skills such as reading and writing abilities are also enhanced through the interview process.
By recounting their past events, their wishes and achievements, older people can transmit their life experience, and the lessons they learned to the younger generations. Intergenerational reminiscence also enhances closeness between generations [20-22].
This qualitative viewpoint can provide an invaluable perspective of what older adults may need from their own resources, families, communities, or support systems (including health plans) to maintain their health and well-being over time and thus consider themselves as aging successfully.
From a public health perspective, aging is also the critical risk factor for a variety of human pathologies, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, many forms of cancer and metabolic disease/type II diabetes, which have become much more prevalent in the elderly.
With this in mind, here are 10 tips to interview, record and preserve legacy stories of aging elders.
Reduces Stress When seniors share their past with someone, it can reduce their stress levels. One reason is that it allows them to resolve issues from their past they may have not dealt with before. Another reason is that it allows seniors to deal with negative emotions they many not know how to deal with otherwise.
Kim and Park (12) conducted a meta-analysis of the correlates of successful ageing and they identified that four domains describing successful ageing were; avoiding disease and disability, having high cognitive, mental and physical function, being actively engage in life, and being psychologically well adapted in later
In societies today the elderly is seen as less valuable since their individualism, self-reliance, and independence would have been altered. Some elderly are perceived in a positive light from time to time because they are actively involved in the community, loyal, sociable, and warm.
What respondents like about being older. The survey found that 67% of respondents report that their feelings about aging have become more positive as they have aged. 88% of those questioned feel more comfortable being themselves now they are older, and 80% feel a strong sense of purpose.
Thirty‐three factors were identified, out of which four major themes emerged: attitude/adaptation, security/stability, health/wellness, and engagement/stimulation. Every focus group emphasized the need for a positive attitude, realistic perspective, and the ability to adapt to change.
Here are some of the things we can learn from our elders.
Explanation: we can learn manners and how to behave with others from our elders. Elders tells us that never to do wrong things.
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Community. As well as companionship, the elderly also need to build relationships with others in their communities. They can do this by participating in group activities and themed events or going on outings. The opportunity to socialize improves their well-being, as well as their mental health.