November is Family Stories Month, which is a great time to consider sharing some of your own personal history or favorite stories with friends and family. We've got tips for a variety of story-sharing activities you can do right in your assisted living apartment, and some of them end in thoughtful gifts you can use for the upcoming holiday season.
1. Create Personal Story Greeting Cards
Turn a wonderful memory into a memorable greeting during the holidays. You can share one of your favorite general family stories — or a story about yourself not everyone knows — by printing or having it printed on greeting cards. Pair the story with a picture for the front, and you have a unique card you can send to family and friends.
Not savvy with computers and printers or want to avoid having to order printed items from a local office supply store? You can easily create even more personalized greeting cards by picking out photos that remind you of someone in particular and gluing them to the front of a blank card. Then, write out the story of the photo inside for the recipient to enjoy.
2. Create a Picture Ornament and Accompanying Story
If you want to send a memento a bit more permanent than a greeting card, consider adding the picture to a plastic or glass picture ornament kit, which you can buy online or in most craft stores. Write or print out the story that goes with the picture and include it all in a gift box.
3. Write Your Memoirs, Formally or Not
Your story sharing doesn't have to revolve around holidays and gift giving. Consider sharing your life, adventures or wisdom with others via a written memoir. You don't have to seek formal publication — you can have copies made with spiral binding to share with friends and relatives.
You can type your stories on a computer, use voice-to-text options to dictate them on a tablet or record them for someone else to help you type them.
4. Record Audio Versions of Your Stories
There's power in the spoken word, and in future years, family members can listen to audio recordings of your stories together and enjoy the memories that come with them. You can use an old-fashioned voice recorder to capture your stories, but many mobile devices have recording capabilities. Those devices also let you save the recordings as files that can be shared online or via flash drives, making your stories easier to share with more than one person.
5. Record Video Versions of Your Stories
Video recordings let you capture your body language and facial expressions, which can add great value to your story sharing. If you're known as the family story teller, consider working with someone else to record yourself sharing favorite stories. Video files can be shared in the same way audio files are.
6. Use Technology to Share Your Stories Directly
Not into the idea of recording stories for prosperity? You can still share them with loved ones today. Even if your family isn't nearby or able to visit regularly, you can connect with family such as grandchildren to share stories via video calling apps like Skype or Facetime.
Posted on Fri, November 2, 2018
by Shawn Deane