The Importance of Memories for Elders and Aging Parents

“Time takes all but memories,” an inscription on a sundial that inspired a memorable sermon. That inspired my post last year, with suggestions for helping aging parents do things that will create happy memories. Following up on that inscription and that post–

We know “the whole is the sum of its parts.” We learned that in school. When people are old, with less to occupy their days, memories from the earliest days to the present take on more and more importance. The little piece below, from a student, brings it all full circle.

Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
Here’s to creating more memories that make aging parents and those we care about smile.
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 Related: Making Family Memories 
             Time Takes All But Memories
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