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

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For our 10th anniversary, we're revisiting some favorite stories. In 2006, Priya Morganstern (L) and her sister, Bhavani Jaroff (R), interviewed ...
Recorded in New York City, New York
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“I'm always perfectly free to be me.”
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“My mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.”
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“I always have a notecard in my pocket that tells me what the date is.”
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“I can remember things that occur in my heart much better than things that occur in my head.”

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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.

Download the Toolkit

Commemorate Toolkit: (zip file, 10.4 MB)
Commemorate Companion CD: (zip file, 10.7 MB)

Memory Loss Initiative News

Genesis HealthCare's Marmet Center, a wonderful center that provides patients and residents clinical care in a warm and comfortable setting. We recorded twelve interviews as part of StoryCorps' Memory Loss Initiative.

Funding for the Memory Loss Initiative Provided by
Joseph and Carol Reich

  • Major Funding Provided By

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  • National Partners

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