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As we grow older, most people reflect on what their lives have stood for, how they will be remembered, and what legacy they will leave behind. Part of successful aging is feeling as if we made a difference in the world. Beyond financial planning concerns, there are other benefits of legacy planning that include living with purpose and documenting family history. For seniors, an important part of this process is feeling confident younger generations are aware of their values and experiences.
By spending time documenting a shared family story, everyone has an opportunity to learn and ask questions. This can be an intergenerational activity where younger loved ones interview the seniors in the family. These interactions can be captured on video and preserved for the future. Faraway family members can also join by Zoom or Skype.
Documenting Your Family History
To get started, it may help to begin asking questions about a senior loved one’s childhood and working forward to present day. Here is a list of questions family members can divide and ask their family elders.
Coming Of Age Memories
Remembrances from Adulthood
One additional option to consider in legacy planning is to use a program like StoryWorth or MyCanvas. Both make the process of reminiscing and saving your family’s legacy easier.
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