Many elder adults want to find ways to live on in the hearts and memories of family members well past their lifetime. This does not necessarily mean leaving family heirlooms or valuable possessions. Contributing to society in some way is a great way elders can leave their mark in the community for future generations.
If your loved one has not been an active member in their community in the past, there are still ways they can leave a legacy. By following these tips and having a little help from an in-home care provider, there is still time to leave their stamp on the world.
Provide family history education
How much do family members really know about their history? There are numerous websites available the elder can use to get more background information on their family. Along with this information, the senior should also include their own history in the family’s timeline, including memories, stories, and anecdotes. Providing this information will get family members a sense of what it was like growing up during those eras.
Donate to Charity
If there is a medical condition that has affected your family or there is a cause your aging loved one feels passionate about, monetary donations can make a difference. Education may be important to them, so they may want to consider donating to a scholarship or create college funds for their grandchildren. Older adults who are unable to provide donation could donate their time by volunteering instead. These options are just as beneficial to charities as writing a check.
Write a Letter
A legacy letter can be a powerful way to be remembered long after the elder is gone. It should share with the surviving family memories any feelings, memories, or advice they would like to share. This letter should include anything they think their loved ones should know, as well as how much each person meant to them.
Prepare an ethical will.
An ethical will is very similar to a legacy letter. It is usually shared with the family after the elder’s passing and comes in many forms, including written, video, and audio. With each memory that is shared, the senior should also share the emotions they felt that day.
Elders who are looking for ways to make an imprint on the hearts and minds of their loved ones for years should try these 4 tips.
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