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Journal Prompts for Seniors

Journaling isn’t just for writers and students. The simple act of writing can help seniors embrace their creativity, share significant memories, and keep their minds healthy and active. Whether you prefer a pencil and paper, a computer, or even a typewriter, writing in a journal is a great way to combat memory loss. However, if you aren’t accustomed to writing, you may not know where to start! Journaling can take whatever form you like, but if you need some guidance to get started or you’re suffering from writer’s block, check out the journal prompts for seniors below for inspiration.

Journal Prompts for Seniors


  • What did you do today?
  • What is your favorite way to spend the day?
  • What is your daily routine?
  • What are three things you can’t go without?
  • What are your favorite things to wear?
  • What would your perfect day entail?
  • When do you feel happiest?
  • What current event or issue do you feel very strongly about?
  • What’s on your mind?


  • What period of your life do you look back upon most fondly?
  • Who have been the most important people in your life?
  • Describe a time when someone was unexpectedly kind to you.
  • Describe a random act of kindness you did for someone else.
  • Finish this thought: Nobody knows that I . . .
  • What is the biggest lie you have ever told?
  • Describe your first love (this could be a person, a place, a thing, etc).
  • Have you ever done something that you thought you couldn’t?
  • What have you done for love?
  • Find an old photograph of yourself. Write about the memories it inspires.
  • What recurring dreams and nightmares have you had?
  • When in your life did you feel most proud?
  • Of all the places you have lived, which most felt like home?


  • What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
  • What would you like to tell your future self?
  • Do you have any regrets?
  • How have you learned from your biggest mistakes?
  • What do you love most about life?
  • What advice would you give to your children and grandchildren?
  • What matters most in life?
  • What would your childhood self think of your life thus far?
  • How did your experience of adulthood differ from your expectations?
  • What is the best advice you ever received?


  • List 30 things that make you smile.
  • What do you think your body would say if it could talk?
  • What scares you?
  • What places have you most enjoyed visiting?
  • What is your favorite book/movie/song? Why?
  • What are your pet peeves?
  • Do you like your name? Has it ever changed? What is your favorite name?
  • Describe your favorite time of year: the scents, the weather, the activities . . .


Use these journal prompts for seniors for inspiration, but feel free to create your own prompts as well. Writing can feel like a form of personal therapy, a way to share your story or reflect on your life. You might wish to share your writing with others, or you could keep your journal to yourself. Either way, the act of journaling will be beneficial to you. Let the words flow, express your opinions and emotions, and repeat as often as you like.

Are you looking for an assisted living community in Tennessee? If so, be sure to check out Hearthside Senior Living Place, located in Bartlett, Tennessee. We would be happy to schedule a tour for you so that you can explore the community, meet some of the residents, and ask any questions you might have. For more information, please call 901-854-6590. We look forward to meeting you!

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