Sometimes it’s hard to remember that our grandparents had exciting lives before we came into the picture.  Nonetheless, we can all stand to learn a thing or two from them.  Talking with seniors about their past and listening to their life story is a valuable opportunity to get to know our relatives better and see them in a different light.

Many older adults have gone through the trials and successes that life experience often brings. Getting to know more about their history can help bring you and your loved ones closer.  You might also gain some helpful advice or wisdom to use in your life.  If they allow it, ask them these questions on video. You’ll walk away with a moment saved in time to one day show a future generation if they ever ask about their family history.

It’s hard to find a good time to sit down with grandparents but consider holidays like Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day as a fitting time to make this a priority. Pull out old photos to reference and travel back to a time when your grandparents (or parents) lived a different life.

Here are 10 life story questions to ask your grandparents:

  1. What did your parents do for a living?
  2. What did you do for fun when you were a child?
  3. Where did you live when you were a child?
  4. How big was the school you went to?
  5. What is one of the greatest moments in history that you lived through?
  6. What is your greatest vacation memory?
  7. What do you consider to be one of the most important technological changes that has happened in your lifetime?
  8. What was one of your most life altering experiences?
  9. If you could offer one piece of advice to young people today what would it be?
  10. What is your biggest accomplishment in life?