When talking with an elderly relative or friend, are you often at a loss for what to talk about? After the initial pleasantries, do the minutes drag on? You may very well love this person, but find yourself struggling to carry on a conversation. An hour can seem endless. If only you could think of something interesting to talk about!
If Only You Would Ask transforms this situation! Open to any page and soon find yourself engaged in meaningful conversation.
With forty-two topics and over 400 questions, If Only You Would Ask provides a framework for tapping into memories that may not have been thought about or talked about for years! You and the person you are chatting with will both enjoy your time together. In fact, you will look forward to your next get together.
Every person has stories to share, If Only You Would Ask!
Today, due to Covid 19 and lockdowns, the elderly are more isolated than ever before! Whether in their own homes or apartments, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, or hospice, thousands of elderly men and women are feeling lonely and of little value. Although many may be genuinely loved by family and friends, phone visits and FaceTime have become increasingly obligatory and one-sided. There is so little to talk about.
The purpose ofIf Only You Would Ask is to give children, grandchildren, relatives, caregivers and volunteers a way to spend enjoyable hours with the elderly. Senior citizens living in convalescent homes, retirement homes or in their own homes will realize that they do have interesting stories to share...If Only You Would Ask! Open the book to any page and start asking questions!
During these days of social distancing and isolation, we are all searching for ways to stay connected.
With families sticking close to home and senior centers in lockdown, is there a positive alternative to a steady diet of negative news and loneliness?
Challenges produce opportunities. Perhaps empty hours are an opportunity to initiate quality conversations with those we care about, if not face to face then over the phone. And there is so much more to talk about than the weather and what we ate for dinner!
As a way to bring joy to what are seemingly endless hours of alone time, consider using questions from If Only You Would Ask, A Guide to Inspire Quality Time to trigger memories. To get you started, we’ve included questions from Topic #1. We hope these questions will lead to a discussion that may not have been talked about or thought about for years.
High School Years
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your high school years?
Describe your personality as a teen.
What was the hardest part about being a teen?
Did a certain teacher/mentor have an impact on your life?
With whom did you hang out?
How did you feel about your parents?
What did you do to earn spending money?
Did a best friend in high school remain a life-long friend?
Did you ever get in trouble with the law?
What is the best thing you remember about high school?
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