Families are comprised of many people, some related by blood, some by friendship and some by extinction. We hear stories while growing up and enjoy the fun, comradely, excitement and so on. However, where do we go to hear those stories today? As with family, people pass on and friends move away, we are left with unfinished tales of how, when and why.
There is a movement to tell these stories and keep them secure for generation to come. This is happening in many communities, allowing our elders to share their stories with an entire community. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local-news/bainbridge-project-has-seniors-… The symbol of this story is a replica of old phone booth and the focus is to generate stories from residents.
The telling of these stories is not held to content which is listed for the community members. The only guideline is they can only talk for about 10 minutes, thus allowing all who want to take part in this unique and interesting project. For those who are not aware of Bainbridge Island, it is a sleepy community bordered by The Puget Sound on one side and the Olympic Peninsula on the other. Seattle, Washington is just across the Puget Sound. The other part, possibly unknown or unaware of a darker past in during WWII, Bainbridge Island has infamous claim to a Japanese Inurnment Camp. This was a difficult time in the History of Bainbridge Island. Today, this is a thriving community of artist, farms and beautiful parks. The residents are a very close-knit family, honoring the past and remembering the past so as not to repeat.
It is important for us to remember that each and every town, city or community has laid claim to some important event in history. These are the fabrics of America and each of us has heard, has seen or is aware of these stories. Most important of these stories are the ones telling the story of each and every family. The story of a family no matter how minimal one may think – is one more stitch in a Quilt called America. Today we are looking at the crescendo of our population we must keep these stories at the forefront of our history, less we repeat some. Just as the population of Bainbridge Island is keeping their history alive, each community can and, some may say, should keep history alive.
Let’s look to the stories of each person, whether caregiver or patient. Lets record for the benefit of family and community history small fragments of our lives. How wonderful it will be to still have a part of our relatives, friends and neighbors as we move into our senior years. Most caregivers are so busy it seems just another task to be completed. However, fifteen minutes while patient is waiting for a meal or an afternoon break to simply sit and talk with each other, this is doable. And when a patient is suffering from dementia (of any form) there may be those golden moments when clarity with us to pass on gems of our family.