This Christmas I would love you to encourage your children or grandchildren to visit elderly members of your family who live close by, or even friendly neighbours and listen to them tell a story. It would be wonderful to write it down and make a book of it to share.
There are many reasons for this:
- Memories elderly people have are precious and one day they may be lost forever.
- There are many elderly people who are lonely at Christmas, and at other times of the year too, and would love some company for a while.
- Many elderly people just love to tell stories!
- It builds a bridge and a bond between generations.
- We live in a world of fast technolgy and we are losing the gift of taking the time and truly listening to others.
- It’s just a lovely thing to do!
1. Ask your parents permission if you can ask an elderly person you know (it could be your grandma, grandpa or even great grandparents or neighbour) if they have a story they could tell you about their life.
2. You don’t even have to write it down at the time, you can do as I did and make a video and listen to it and write it down later. This will be a double blessing because you will have special videos too to treasure.
3. Make a little book of the story and illustrate it with photos or your own drawings.
If you’d like to share any of your stories with me you’d be more than welcome, but do ask your parents’ permission first to email@example.com
As many of you know, my time spent with Norman was very precious and will live with me always. I was reading the Christmas edition of #TheBigIssue yesterday, which I buy from time to time, and their message struck a chord with me:
In their #lookoutforthelonely campaign @TheBigIssue say
- “Pop in and see (0r call) an older friend or relative regularly.”
- “Do your bit to help out when the colder weather hits from clearing paths and offering to do their shopping”
- “Get a free thermometer and Winter Wrapped Up advice guide from AgeUK on 0800 169 65 65”
- “Sign the HNS Winter Friends pledge to do your bit for neighbours in the cold weather by visiting nhs.uk/WinterFriends”
- “Suss out volunteering opportunities with local groups or AgeUK, contact the Royal Voluntary Service, Independence Elderly or Friends of the Elderly.”
If you think this is a good idea please share, tweet, blog, send it by email or even better talk about it. This will be my last post until after Christmas now, because my family Christmas begins this Sunday, so I want to thank you for your growing support and to wish you all a lovely Christmas and a Happy 2014!