Family and Memories
By: Michelle Remold
Sharing stories is important when it comes to passing them down through families. This weekend was my family reunion. We had somewhere around three hundred people come and everyone was sharing stories. It is always fun to trade stories and to look at the family tree to see how it has changed.
There was something different about this reunion though, this was the first reunion my grandma wasn’t able to attend. My grandma has dementia and this was the first time we were not able to bring her with.
Although there were questions about how she was doing, it was fun to hear different stories and memories of her. Spending time with much of my extended family, really made it apparent how important it is to share stories with each other. It is fun to hear stories and share in the memories.
I think that it can be very easy to become wrapped up in our own lives. The thing I enjoy the most about family reunions is that everyone takes the time to catch up with each other and to share the stories they have. As I get older I realize this is important because you never know who might be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia next and what memories might be lost.
Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.