Memory Loss Initiative

Memory Loss Initiative

StoryCorps Memory Loss Initiative

In 2006, StoryCorps launched the Memory Loss Initiative to support and encourage 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.

Stories from the Memory Loss Initiative

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"It was very easy to be patient with him."
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"I'm always perfectly free to be me."
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The Commemorate Toolkit

StoryCorps has created a unique toolkit, Commemorate, a free resource to organizations to enable them to record, share, and preserve the stories of clients living with memory loss.

The Commemorate Toolkit offers an individualized reminiscence program that memory loss care facilities across the country can add to their existing roster of person-centered care activities. The Toolkit was designed with benefits including: enhanced bonds among clients, caregivers, and staff and reducing 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)

Original support for the Memory Loss Initiative was provided by

Joseph and Carol Reich

When you give, you help us record, share and preserve these voices for generations to come.

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