Senior Living Advice: ‘What will your legacy be?’


By BETH DOW, Senior Living Advice

August is “What Will Be Your Legacy Month!”

When a person dies, the mark they leave on the world represents their legacy. It is about the richness of one’s life, including what that person accomplished and the impact he or she had on people and places.

Ultimately, the story of a person’s life reflects the individual’s legacy.

We took this opportunity to visit residents at The Claiborne at Newnan Lakes Retirement Community and asked them what they felt their legacy would be.

Curtis Adamson

Here are some of their answers.

“My legacy is that I hope people will remember me as always being honest, polite and respectful.”
– Curtis Adamson

“My hope is that everyone will never forget my loving and caring way of living and my sense of humor.”
– Lucy Craig

“Laughter. That’s what has always made me happy. I have always liked to laugh!”
– Jeanne Morales

“Just remember me as a people-person. I’ve just always liked people.”
– Joan Dando

“I’m always doing things for others, it’s just what I do. So I guess I want my legacy to be for people to know that I’m a very giving person.”
– Helen Dunham

Shirley Hasty

“Happy Go Lucky is the type of person or legacy that I want to leave.”
– Shirley Hasty

“I’m sure people will always remember me saying this … I’ll meet you on the Golden Shore in Heaven!”
– Edna Stolar

We all want to be remembered. And based on what these seniors told us, being remembered as a happy, kind, good person, is the best legacy one can leave behind.


Beth Dow is a Dementia and Alzheimer’s Educator, CAEd and Geriatric Care Manager. Readers can contact her at [email protected].

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