Spending time with senior citizens can be fun, fascinating, and very educational. Many seniors have interesting stories from which you can learn many life lessons and gain insightful historical information about decades past. Starting a conversation with an elderly person can be difficult if you are not used to talking with seniors. Here is a list of questions that can help you get the conversation rolling:
1. How did your parents raise you in comparison to the way kids are raised today?
2. How has a woman’s role changed over the span of your lifetime?
3. How has technology changed things, and is it for better or worse?
4. How did you meet your spouse?
5. How has food changed? What is your favorite kind of food?
6. Is there anything that you would go back and do differently?
7. What did you like to do for fun when you were growing up?
8. Have you travelled to any foreign countries?
9. What was the first movie you ever saw in a theater? What is your favorite movie?
10. What is your favorite song? What music did you listen to growing up?
11. What was school like for you?
12. How much did you pay for gasoline when you first started driving?
13. Did you have things like electricity, indoor plumbing, and television when you were growing up?
14. What is the worst world disaster that has happened in your lifetime?
15. How many children do you have, and what are they doing now?
16. What is the happiest moment of your life? The saddest?
17. What type of jobs did you have? What was your favorite job you ever had?
18. What did you do in the War? (If they are old enough)
19. What is your favorite holiday and why?
20. What do you enjoy watching on television? What did you watch growing up?
21. Did you play any sports growing up?
22. What did you get in the most trouble for as a child?
23. What are your hobbies?
24. What is your favorite book?
25. What inventions have changed society the most in your lifetime?