For the modern family, holidays are often the only occasions when multiple generations come together to spend significant time with each other. And even if we don’t recognize it, the grounding we feel in our emotional lives probably grew, in part, out of observing and preserving traditions with our families. Whether it’s digging into a special dish that Grandma always made or listening to Uncle Harry’s bad jokes again, there’s something about experiencing these rituals together each year that help connect family members to each other for life. The annual Thanksgiving celebration is an excellent opportunity for aging loved ones to tell family stories, explain their traditions and teach the old ways to a new generation. Plus, for senior adults, remembering can be a life-affirming experience.