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How to Help Your Elderly Loved One Create an Autobiography

By Jeff Hill, 9:00 am on August 21, 2017

Many older adults have planned to write a book for years, but they never had the time do it. However, retirement brings more time for seniors to jot down their memories. As your senior loved one begins to write an autobiography, use these tips to keep him or her inspired.

Choose the Preferred Format

Your loved one can use a pen and notepad or take advantage of new technology such as voice dictation. Remind your loved one that he or she is not stuck with one choice since the writing can easily be transferred to a computer if necessary. 

Older adults might need assistance with writing or managing other daily tasks. There are many reasons seniors might need assistance at home. Some may require regular mental stimulation due to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, while others might only need part-time assistance with exercise and basic household tasks. Home Care Assistance is a leading Phoenix, AZ, in-home care provider. Families rely on our expertly trained caregivers to help their senior loved ones maintain a high quality of life.  

Ask Open-Ended Questions

Asking open-ended questions may jog your loved one’s memory. Create a list of questions to refer to when he or she experiences writer’s block. Cover topics that span from your loved one’s childhood to the end of his or her professional career.

Involve Other People

Writing is often viewed as a solitary pursuit, but it does not have to be this way. Consider signing your loved one up for a writing course at a local library or community college. Alternatively, you could suggest sharing a few stories with a caregiver to get a new perspective. As your loved one’s writing is shared with the public, he or she may gain more confidence in his or her abilities.

Set Up a Writing Space

Set up a desk area with your loved one’s favorite writing tools such as a laptop or pen set. Then, add resources such as a dictionary and thesaurus to help your loved one write to the best of his or her ability. Your loved one will appreciate your thoughtfulness, and having resources available may strengthen his or her language and writing skills.

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your loved one needs assistance with writing or other tasks. If you are the primary caregiver for a senior family member and you need respite care, Phoenix, AZ, Home Care Assistance is here to help. Our respite caregivers are trained to assist older adults with a wide variety of everyday tasks, including meal prep, physical activity, and personal hygiene. We also provide 24-hour care and specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

Include Writing Time in the Daily Schedule

Show your loved one that his or her autobiography is important by including writing time in the daily routine. Talk to your loved one about when he or she prefers to write. For some seniors, writing is easier in the early morning hours when the mind is fresh and relaxed. Others prefer to mull over their thoughts throughout the day before putting them on paper. Either way, add this task to the daily schedule and let other caregivers know about it.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Phoenix, AZ, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To hire a dedicated caregiver for your elderly loved one, call us at 602.388.1085 today.