Here are some examples of the type of questions you may want to ask in your interview. You may also choose to come up with your own questions.
Family & Growing Up
- When you think of your parents (insert names), what do you remember about them?
- What were you like as a child? Troublemaker? Studious? Social? Etc.
- What did you do for fun when you were young?
- Tell me about your sister/brother (insert name). What was (s)he like growing up?
- Tell me about the community (insert name) where you grew up.
- How would you describe yourself as a teenager?
- Do you have any favorite stories from school about your teachers or friends?
- Did you enjoy school? What did you like/dislike about school?
- Were there family or friends that scared you growing up? Were you a curious, questioning kind of kid? What types of kids did you prefer to play with?
Love & Relationships
- How did you feel when you first met (insert names) mom, dad, or a special person?
- Do you have stories from your marriage/relationship or about your husband/wife/partner that you think about sometimes?
- How did you feel when you first found out you were going to be a parent?
- Do you think that being a parent (Mom or Dad) has changed you?
- Do you have stories about your kids’ (insert names) growing up that you think about sometimes?
- (Insert name) seems to be one of your favorite relatives. Why?
- If you could write a letter to your mother or father, what would you say?
- If you could write a letter to your children, what would you say?
- Did you have any dreams as a child about what you would like to be when you grew up?
- Tell me about your work (insert type of work done).
- Did you like your job? What did you like/dislike about work (insert type of work)?
- What made you proud when you were working?
- You have frequently mentioned (insert name) as someone who helped
you at work or who acted as your mentor or guide. Can you tell me about
Religion & Spirituality
- For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve been religious/spiritual (or
not religious/spiritual). Can you tell me about your
- What formed your religious beliefs? Did your beliefs change at one time in your life?
- How important is religion/spirituality in your life?
Life’s Joys & Concerns
- Can you tell me about some of the good times when you were in (name place)?
- You’ve always enjoyed music (insert a hobby, passion, skill that the person had or has). What are some of your favorite songs?
- You have a photo of (insert name) on your living room table. What is
the story of that picture of you and your brother on the living room
table? Can you tell me about him/her/it?
- You survived/experienced The Depression, The Civil Rights Movement,
WWII, The Korean War, (or another major national or world movement).
Can you tell me a story about that time?
- I know that (name incident or time period) was a difficult time for
you. What made it so much harder than other things in your life? Can
you tell me something about that?
- Is there something that always scares you? What? Why?
- Is there something that always worries you ? What? Why?
- We all feel lonely from time to time. Are there times you feel or have felt lonely, left out or sad?
- Do you look at your life differently now than you did before you realized you were experiencing memory loss?
An Opportunity to Share Feelings
- Is there anything that you’ve never told me but want to tell me now?
- Is there something about me that you’ve always wanted to know but never have asked?
- I’d like to tell you what you mean to me. May I?