Most seniors are not “glory hounds.” But I’ve discovered that remembering, celebrating and even memorializing their big life events is, well, a big deal for them. Who doesn’t love going back to a time when life was a little sweeter and better, at least in our memories? My dad got to relive his glory days earlier this month when he was inducted into his high school’s athletic hall of fame. People stopped by to get all the details about the undefeated 1942 football team for the plaque. He was measured for his hall of fame ring, and photographed too. The next day he was showing off his new finger bauble and still basking in the limelight.
Honoring a senior’s glory days brings a little fun and a whole lot of dignity to older adults whose minds and bodies are declining a bit more each day. It’s a way to go back to a time when they were at the top of their game. After all, don’t we deserve to be the star of our own lives, even for a while? You don’t have to plan a big party or event to recognize someone’s glory days. All you do is start the conversation and the glory days will come flooding back in living color. —Trust me on this! Maybe it’s as simple as being there, listening and reminding them of who they were and still are.
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