What is a bucket list?
There is a great movie from 2007 called The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It is a story about corporate billionaire Edward Cole and a working class mechanic, Carter Chambers that have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.
Aging used to mean that the quality of life went down. It used to mean “Old Folks Homes” and institutions. It doesn’t have to mean that anymore. There are so many options for seniors. Just because they are aging doesn’t mean they still don’t want to do things. Keep them active.
5 Questions to Ask Your Senior:
1. What do you miss doing that you used to do when you were young?
2. What did you always want to do but never had the time or money to do?
3. If you could do anything, what would you want to do?
4. Where would you want to travel to if you could go anywhere?
5. What talent do you wish you had learned as a kid?
By listening to your loved one, you can help them create a bucket list of items to do. Start planning for a trip, hire a piano teacher or enroll them into drama classes. Here is a great website where you can log your items. It is never too late to do the things they want to do. You just might need to be a bit creative to make them happen.