4 Ways Reminiscing Benefits Seniors
Seniors have lots of cherished memories and valuable stories to share with us– their many years of life experience are certainly worth listening to. And according to experts, reminiscing or storytelling about their past events is a great therapy for seniors.
Here are 4 ways reminiscing benefits elderly.
- Reminiscing Helps Relieve Boredom and Isolation.
Some elderly people feel alone and isolated. By encouraging Christian Journaling, social interaction and recollecting happy memories with loved ones, peers and caregivers, an exciting conversation is ignited that helps prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness.
- Reminiscing Allows Brain Exercise.
Memory loss is a common problem among seniors, and talking about old photographs, cherished moments, treasured objects, jewelry, rings, favorite songs, movies and films, etc. can bring fond memories that can help maintain and improve a senior’s cognitive abilities.
- Reminiscing Maintains Connection and Belongingness.
Sharing fond memories and stories can fuel exciting interaction between peers, caregivers, and loved ones that nurture genuine connections and belongingness. By sharing memories, people find common ground, and reminiscing breeds respect and acceptance that result in better interpersonal relationships.
- Reminiscing Promotes and Recognizes Their Value.
Listening to seniors as they tell their stories in the past can provide an opportunity to learn about what life was like in their generation and discover how the world has changed and evolved. Journaling and recording tales, stories, memories and experiences of elderly people can help preserve bits of history for future generations. Their valuable life experience beckons us to explore new ideas and concepts for a better world.
Reminiscing is a great way to connect with our elderly loved one, and by encouraging them to share their fond memories and thoughts, we make them feel appreciated and valued. Let’s make new memories with our senior loved ones and give them gifts they will cherish for the rest of their lives.