over again and only a proactive approach will help.
"If you are really interested in the stories, ask for details. That makes it more interesting for the storyteller," suggests Tenter.
"A person repeats everything if he gets no feedback," explains Lehr. Instead, annoyed relatives should make it clear whether they already know the stories.
It would be better to say, "You have told me that so often already," advises Tenter.
Instead of living silently in the past, older people should seek contact with the younger generation. "Inter-generational contacts are advisable to put a stop to the past-oriented thinking," said Tenter. Additionally, it has been shown that contacts with unfamiliar people are also helpful.
"That way you get new impressions and maybe get to play a new role."
Psychologists and gerontologists also recommend that middle-aged people should be sure to maintain contacts and keep their spirits up. "That can mean games, dancing, sports or advanced crossword puzzles," recommends Tenter.
Further, Lehr says that elderly should keep themselves abreast of current affairs. "Old people should read a newspaper, watch the news, make dates and then discuss it all."
However, old stories should not be lost under any circumstances. "Young people should ask older people to write down their experiences and impressions," advises Lehr.
After all, telling old stories from old times is not just an expression of boredom or dissatisfaction.
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