Kindness Ideas

Ask a Senior About Their Past
Senior citizens have a lifetime of experiences to reflect on. Listen & learn.

With years comes wisdom. Elderly people have some of the best stories and give great advice - ask someone to share their story. Whether it’s a grandparent or someone you just met, there is a lot we can learn from those that are older than us.

10 questions you could ask to spark conversation:


  1. What is one of your happiest memories?

  2. Who has influenced you the most in your lifetime?

  3. What is something you have learned about living a happy life that you didn’t know thirty years ago?

  4. Who were your friends growing up?

  5. Is there anything you wish you could tell the entire world?

  6. What world events had the biggest impact on you?

  7. What was your first job?

  8. What was school like for you when you were younger?

  9. What are some things you enjoy doing now?

  10. Who were your heroes and role models while you were growing up?


MARCH 18, 2021
Share the space with elders and listen to their favorite stories. Help seniors write down life experiences. Or take video of their stories for a legacy to share with family and friends.

AUGUST 28, 2019
I will have my students interview a senior and write a short biography in creative writing class.

APRIL 3, 2019
Seniors can be very lonely, especially in our technological age. They deserve appreciation and kindness, rather than to be ignored or abandoned

FEBRUARY 12, 2019
My mom died in 2015, I've missed her advice and kind acts towards others. I've dedicated one day in the month to visit one of my friends elderly moms, take them to their favorite shopping spot and/or restaurant.

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