During a recent appearance on KHTS AM-1220’s “Senior Hour,” Oakmont of Santa Clarita’s executive director, Margie Veis, encouraged grandchildren to talk to their grandparents about their history so they can carry their family legacy from generation to generation.
By Lori Bashian
“A great activity that someone can do with their grandparent is bring old pictures, and try to get them to tell stories,” explained Veis. “Write notes on the back of the pictures so you know who that is or where that was — get them to talk about that story.”
This activity is not only beneficial for the grandchild, but also fun for the grandparent, Veis noted.
“It’s also a great way for your grandparent or your great grandparent to leave that legacy… to remember those good times,” said Veis. “It’s a great brain game for someone that might be dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Those are the memories that are still there.”
Learning the stories behind the pictures is one way to further strengthen the bond between a grandchild and their grandparent, and helps them to understand the significance of the photograph, Veis pointed out.
“You can find a box of pictures, but you don’t know who those four men are, you don’t know what that beach was, you don’t know where they spent the summers or their first job or the hardships that they went through to get us to where we are now,” explained Veis.
One way to add the element of hearing the emotion and tone of the senior while they tell their story is to record it on a phone.
“You could record it, you can get their voice, you can actually get that story,” she said. “That’s another really easy, fun way and then you can download it… With all the apps that are out there, you could actually make a little movie about your history.”
Veis added that this is a way to help grandchildren learn “what was important to them in life, (and) what made them who they are.”
These stories shouldn’t be forgotten because the landscape of the world has so drastically changed over the years, and the only people who truly understand what it was like back then are those who lived it.
“We have people that have … seen the world and they lived through the depression and they lived through the war and they didn’t have much,” said Veis referring to the senior residents of Oakmont of Santa Clarita. “We have others that have worked with movie stars and worked in the government, and there is so much history just in this community.”
Oakmont is a luxury senior living community in Santa Clarita located on seven acres of land on Newhall Ranch Road. Recently opened in January 2016, Oakmont of Santa Clarita is comprised of 80 pet-friendly apartment units, with both independent and assisted living options available. Residents can enjoy five star amenities like a salon & day spa, movie theater, fitness center, restaurant-style dining, gardens and walking paths, pet park, wellness center and more. A separate wing of the community, called Traditions Memory Care, is dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
28650 Newhall Ranch Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355