5 ways to capture the memories of an aging senior

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I was in high school when my beloved grandfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He had lived a very full life, so my mom suggested we record him sharing memories while he was still feeling good.

We sat together in his breakfast room with a video camera and interviewed him. We laughed as he shared the story behind the incorrect name on his birth certificate and regaled us with tales of being stationed in the Philippines for World Word II. I grew up five minutes from him, but I realized there were so many things I never knew about his life. I now understood why he spent much of his retirement at the genealogy library shuffling through microfiche. When he passed, that recording became a treasure, and I too got hooked on capturing family history.

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Original Article Source Credits:   Care , https://www.care.com/

Article Written By:  Emily Starbuck Gerson

Original Article Posted on:  April 9, 2020

Link to Original Article:  https://www.care.com/c/stories/16760/capture-memories-of-aging-seniors/