Life Story Project Will Help Older Adults Tell Their Story

Published Monday, April 1, 2019

An AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer will be working with Shay Erez, Jewish Family Services outreach coordinator, on a Life Story project beginning June 3. Liz Lehman will work with members of the community over age 70 to create books that tell their life story. She will interview them about their life, asking about their family, childhood, and more. The interviews, along with photos, will be turned into a book. The person interviewed will receive a copy, as will their family. The process is helpful for people struggling with dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, and more, said Erez. Researchers have found telling one’s life story to be therapeutic, she added. “It can improve your life and it also can connect seniors to their kids,” she said. The goal of the project is to create 10 books.

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