Fun with Genealogy: Holiday Gift & Activity Ideas for SeniorsDecember 17, 2017 | Chateau Brickyard
With the rise of DNA testing kits, genealogy websites, and even TV shows about long-lost relatives, genealogy research has become one of the most popular hobbies in the US, ranking just second behind gardening. Not only do genealogy projects help us learn about our identities and family history, but it's a great way to stay connected with our beloved seniors.
This holiday season, why not take the time to learn more about your family history? We've put together some ideas for holiday gifts and activities that can help your senior loved ones share and reminisce about your family's past.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of uncovering your roots and discovering relatives you didn't know. There are several free online resources to start exploring family history and ancestry, including the National Archives. By building a family tree, you'll not only be piecing together parts of your family's past, but you'll be able to reconnect with loved ones in new ways.
Family recipe book
Nothing beats your grandmother's home cooking. Show gratitude for senior loved ones by returning the gift of beloved family recipes. Collect family favorites and record them into a book that can be passed down to future generations. If those seniors in our Independent Living community choose to use their kitchenettes, a book of family recipes can stir up memories of loved ones as they cook and share meals.
A memory box is a great activity to help senior loved ones look back on happy memories and recall stories from their lives. While you're working on this together, ask loved ones about different times in their lives and include snippets in the box from these memories and milestones. Questions could include the following:
- Tell me about your childhood home.
- How did you meet your spouse?
- Tell me about your wedding day.
- What were your favorite school subjects?
- Tell me about the day your first child was born.
- Tell me about your favorite songs.
- In what places are you the happiest?
Uncovering family genealogy is such a beloved pastime because it's meaningful for all involved. From exploring the outdoors to uncovering family history, we plan a variety of engaging activities based on the things our residents enjoy.
And of course, family members are always welcome at our Salt Lake City community. Browse our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about senior living at Chateau Brickyard or schedule a tour to come visit us. We'd love to see you!
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