Their quality of life depends almost entirely on
how much you can engage them.
I think biography is absolutely key to that.
MemoryWell is a platform
for digital storytelling where we tell the life stories of seniors
to help connect them with their caregivers.
So whomever is sitting with them,
whether it’s a paid caregiver or a grandchild,
they have a whole toolbox of things with whichto engage them.
My career has been in journalism,
so I’ve spent 15 years as a national correspondent
either for Bloomberg News or Time Magazine.
I became my dad’s caregiver in 2011.
So a few years ago,
I moved him into a community and when I did, they asked me to fill out
this enormous 20-page questionnaire abouthis life.
Who is ever going to read and remember 20 pages
of hand-written data points for the
more than 100 residents in that particularcommunity?
so instead, I wrote down his story.
And they loved it.
They remembered it.
They told each other about it.
The fact of the matter is that most of these communities see,
on average, 55-60 % staff turnover annually.
And there’s a huge amount of new people
that my dad and those residents are constantly
having to introduce themselves to
at a time when they really can’t introduce themselves anymore.
MemoryWell was born from that experience.
We now have a network of more than 600 writers across the country.
We’re in 35 assisted living facilities in19 states.
And we have a digital platform where we host the stories
and families can build on them,
并可以添加他们所爱之人喜欢的音乐 电影 艺术品和书籍
and they can add on their loved ones’favorite music and movies and arts and readings,
so the stories aim to build connections and buildempathy.
I’m just going to start at the beginning.
So,tell me your name and when you were born.
我名字是John H.Newby 出生于1938年11月23日
My name is John H. Newby and I was born November 23rd, 1938.
I joined the army in 1965.
I think everybody has that grandfather who
every Thanksgiving you think,
“ Man, I really need to get his stories. ”
And every Thanksgiving,you don’t do it,
and that opportunity passes.
So what did you study for a Master’s?
Are you the only one with a Master’s degree in that generation?
My dad had Alzheimer’s and so
telling my dad’s story when he entered care really
helped his caregivers understand him
as a person rather than seeing him as a problem or a diagnosis.
everyone has a good story
So, This is my way of trying to give families a cheat sheet
to get them to engage as much and as long as possible.
The transition moving someone into
assisted living is one of the hardest,
and being able to capture those stories
not just for their families to remember,
but for society to know them,
I think is really amazing and profound.
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