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Tell Me a Story

How Sharing Life Stories Benefits Older Adults

There is power in sharing our life stories; research has shown that storytelling can enhance and transform the lives of older adults, both as tellers and as listeners. Specific skills in biographical storytelling have been linked to older adults’ greater empathy and trust, stronger social connections, and even enhanced physical and emotional resilience.

Please fill out the brief form below to download a free copy of “Tell Me a Story: How Sharing Life Stories Benefits Older Adults,” an Orange Paper by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging. You’ll learn outcomes from a two-year pilot of a storytelling program for older adults from disparate backgrounds, and get tips for developing an effective storytelling workshop in your community.

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