More incentive to interview your relatives.
Reluctant to interview your relatives? Maybe you haven't considered
all the benefits. Anita DeFelice, oral historian and president of Gifts
of the Past <www.giftsofthepast.com
a company that creates oral history keepsakes, offers these six reasons
to interview family members — either long-distance or in person:
1. An interview can strengthen intergenerational bonds and
bridge the generation gap. Most elders welcome the opportunity to share
their memories and their wisdom with younger generations — and the
young usually enjoy listening to them.
2. Studies show that reminiscing is an important endeavor for
people as they age. An interview encourages them to reminisce and
provides an opportunity to awaken long-forgotten memories.