"It is difficult for younger persons, including mental health personnel, to listen thoughtfully to the reminiscences of older people. We have been taught that this nostalgia represents 'living in the past' and a preoccupation with the self." However, "It is part of a natural healing process…" (The Longevity Revolution, by Robert Butler). Their stories may even contain bits of wisdom gleaned from long life. The word story comes from the Greek word histor, which means "one who has wisdom."
Documenting Life Stories & How We Get By Reminiscence Life Review Memories Memories of a lifetime are “fundamental to wisdom.” Gene Cohen, The Mature Mind