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Being open to history

David Hachmeister

by David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans

One of my “go-to” places when I get discouraged is history. Just traveling back a few decades, let alone centuries, reminds me of how great it is to be alive today.

If you haven’t talked with your mom or dad about what it was like growing up in the first half of the twentieth century, take the time and do it. Ask what they had for breakfast, what a day at work was like, or how a visit to the dentist was back in their younger days. Across generations, these are the real activities for everybody. Too often history lessons focus on the major events of the era, rather than how people coped with their lot in life. So much is lost in history if we can’t personalize it.

Coming up is December 7, a date which, as President Roosevelt predicted, continues to live in infamy. We know — or should know a least the very basics of  — the history of the attack on Pearl Harbor and our entry into World War II. If we don’t know what it was like to be on board a battleship in the South Pacific or living in fear at home that sons and daughters might not come home, we miss connecting with what makes history valuable.

 If it’s too late for that, try reading journals of people who lived in the era. Visit your local historical society. Talk with veterans.

This is when a good care provider may be able to bring out some revelations that a veteran or other senior might not reveal directly to a family member. At Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans, we are aware of how important it is for our care providers to be good listeners. History cannot be changed, but the best lessons are in the daily lives of the people who lived it.

If you have a veteran in your need of care, we here at Care & Comfort at Home can help. Click HERE to learn more about our assistance to veterans and their family, click HERE to learn more about our services, and click HERE to contact us for more information, or call us at 630-333-9262.

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