Communication is constantly changing, with new technologies springing up seemingly every other day. The ways we talk to each other aren’t the same as they were even 10 years ago. One thing hasn’t gone away, though. We are still fascinated by stories and storytellers!
Seniors might not realize it, but their lives have been full of great stories to share with their families and friends. They have decades worth of wisdom and insight stored up and ready to share, but they might not know how appreciated it can be. This is where writing comes in.
“The life review process helps a person find meaning, value, and fulfillment. It gives the person a sense of self-worth and of value to others.”
– Dr. Augustine DiGiovanna, Salisbury State University
Not only can writing one’s “memoirs” be a learning experience for younger generations, it can be beneficial for the writer. Reflecting on their lives and writing their stories can become a new hobby for seniors! It can help keep their minds and imaginations active, helping them to make sense of events long past. Additionally, the opportunity to discuss and share these memories helps foster a sense of community and can help keep them from feeling isolated.
This becomes increasingly important if the senior is living in an assisted living facility like Maybelle Carter. Writing it not only a pleasant pastime but it also gives them a tangible way of passing on memories to their families someday.
If you’re unsure where to start in the writing process, here are some tips:
If you have trouble writing or typing, using a video or voice recorder is a great way to preserve your stories! There are also groups in various places across the country who get together to write and share their stories on a regular basis.
Have fun sharing the story of you!
Did you know that the more doctors you have managing your care, the more you can find yourself at risk? Multiple prescriptions can mean a larger possibility for drug errors, including drug-to-drug interactions; under- or over-utilization of a drug; duplication of therapies; and incorrect dosages.
You are your own best advocate when it comes to your health care. Communicating clearly and effectively about your medical history with your doctors is imperative. Your ongoing health depends on it.
There are some easy ways to make sure you have made the most of your time with your physician and leave your visit knowing that you have asked all of the right questions and are aware of next steps regarding your follow up treatment.
Keeping your health information all together, perhaps in a notebook or binder, to bring to your next doctor's visit is a must. All doctors' names, phone numbers, copies of insurance cards, a list of current medications, etc. should be included.
Ask someone to come with you at your next appointment. A friend or relative can ensure that you know when your appointments are and keep notes regarding doctor's instructions. They can also help you keep your medications in order.
Be sure to ask your doctor whether any of the medications that they have prescribed will interact in any way with medications that you've previously been prescribed.
Lastly, if have questions about anything you discussed during your appointment, don't be afraid to ask if your doctor will explain it to you again.