Your parent, grandparent, or other elderly loved one would jump at the chance to share their life experiences – stories from the good ole days. With technology today, you can choose from a list of applications that help record and store these memories so you can pass them down through the family. Senior Living Management shares the top three apps that will help you bond with your loved one and keep their stories memorialized forever.
This is a quick and easy option to learn about your loved one and their history. MemLife is designed with a list of questions that are organized by categories like childhood, education, family, life lessons, and relationships. Each category offers a host of questions you can ask or use to inspire your own creative questions. It also gives you the chance to flag a memory for editing at a later time. MemLife wants you to focus on just getting the information down – they will do the rest! After you’ve jotted down all the stories you’d like and added photos, MemLife compiles your memories into a book that can be downloaded as a PDF and then printed and bound. One fun bonus feature is you can invite friends and family to share in these memories and join you in the MemLife experience.
Years after StoryCorps was made popular by NPR’s Morning Edition, and a $1 million Ted Prize was awarded to founder David Isay, the app was born in 2015. Their mission is to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.” This is the perfect app to build your own connection by starting the journey down Memory Lane with your loved one. It’s easy to download the app from the App Store or Google Play and get started. You can even choose to have your story archived at the Library of Congress so others can experience it. With StoryCorps, the primary emphasis is on listening because they know the learning will follow. Two surveys in 2014 and 2015 found that 96% of the listeners polled had an increased understanding of people with a disability or serious illness. Learn more of these interesting findings here.
There are multiple ways you can interact with Legacy Stories. A handbook of 220+ questions organized by category help you interview your loved one and capture their history. The Legacy Café Podcast shares actual audio interviews that can inspire ideas on how to interview your own loved one. A special feature of Legacy Stories is the audio playlists option – record your own voice or your loved one’s voice as well as preserve vintage recordings from cassettes, eight-tracks, or reel-to-reel tapes. Capture the voice of your loved one from back in the day as well as hear them reminisce about those memories as pictures are shown. When you are working with the online app, via iOS or Google Play, the Mentor Center is a handy reference for quick tutorials or an online chat.
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