To combat the grief, loneliness, failing health and memory loss faced by many older people, a new movement to record seniors’ stories is gaining popularity. At Baptcare’s Orana Day Centre, long-term client Dot McHugh is enjoying telling her tales to dedicated volunteer Greg McCulloch.
“I’m really starting to feel as if I’m rather an important person,” Dot said. “I’ve been very lucky, I’ve lived a fairy tale life and it’s been wonderful to look back on—I had a great childhood and I loved my job as a teacher.”
“I lost my husband ten years ago, I’ve always talked about him to keep him with me and now it’s written down for my grandchildren to see.”
Greg McCulloch has worked in the social care sector all his life and believes as people age, it’s important to know they have a voice and how they’ve lived has value.
“I really look forward to our sessions and getting Dot to focus on the happy times in her life,” Greg said.
“I’m a bit older, and I’ve done a lot of reminiscing with individuals living with dementia. I feel it’s important to make care more meaningful. Dedicating time to really communicate with someone whose sight is failing and who perhaps has hearing impairments is vital.”
“It’s been a treat getting to know Dot, to learning about times gone by, the history of the local area and learning what a kind, caring and feisty lady she is.”
Find out more about the mission and work of Baptcare at: http://www.baptcare.org.au