In 2006, StoryCorps launched the Memory Loss Initiative to support and encourage people with memory loss to share their stories.
Stories from the Memory Loss Initiative
“I'm always perfectly free to be me.”
Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. But she has always had a special connection ...
“My mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.”
Rebecca Posamentier (R) reflects on an interview she recorded with her mother, Carol Kirsch (L).
“I always have a notecard in my pocket that tells me what the date is.”
Gweneviere Mann talks to her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, about living without a short-term memory. Her condition results from a stroke ...
“I can remember things that occur in my heart much better than things that occur in my head.”
Robert Patterson, who has Alzheimer's disease, speaks with his wife, Karen.
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About the Memory Loss Initiative
Since 2006, StoryCorps’ Memory Loss Initiative has supported and encouraged people with various forms of memory loss to share their stories with loved ones and future generations. To date, the Memory Loss Initiative collected more than 1,800 interviews with 180 partner organizations.
The Commemorate Toolkit
The Memory Loss Initiative has created a unique toolkit called Commemorate, designed to help organizations record, share, and preserve the stories of clients living with memory loss.
The Commemorate Toolkit offers memory loss care facilities across the country a new individualized reminiscence program they can add to their existing roster of person-centered care activities. Offering Commemorate interviews to people living with memory loss can enhance bonds between clients, caregivers, and staff and reduce common feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. These interviews also offer clients and their families the opportunity to preserve the legacy of individuals living with memory loss.