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Home Caregivers Encourage Seniors to Share Family History

Mar 9, 2017 by Becky Cross

Your family history may save your life. That is one of the many reasons why medical teams will ask your mother or father about their past. Abilene home caregivers explain that it’s even more important if your parent has diabetes or a heart ailment.

In addition to medical reasons, knowing family history helps you learn about heritage and traditions. Furthermore, understanding the genetic aspects of your loved one’s personality provides a clearer picture of who they are.

Growing up, you may have looked through your parents’ and grandparents’ photo albums and wondered where you got your blue eyes and curly hair from. Many of the photos were in black and white, so it is hard to see who had blue eyes. Also, most of the pictures weren’t labeled, so unless mom or dad helps document it, you may never know who that aunt or cousin with the curls before you was.

Home caregivers know how important it is for your mom or dad to connect to their past. Sometimes it is easier to share this information with a stranger or non-family member, i.e. a care provider, because talking about the past may be like opening a closet full of skeletons.

However, opening the closet can be cathartic and refresh past memories that your mother or father is willing to record and share for you and your children. As your mom or dad thumbs through the photos, they can reveal the identity of the great-aunt with blue eyes and the distant cousin with curly hair.

Home care providers encourage reconciliation that brings families together, learning and sharing with laughter and tears. Your parent is living proof that they are sharing today with you, and tomorrow you will share their legacy with your children and your friends.  Not only will your parent have impacted your, life but they will have also left a mark on the life of their compassionate home caregivers.

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