I Can Remember Things in My Heart Better Than Things in my Head

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About the Audio Piece

Robert Patterson, who has Alzheimer’s disease, speaks with his wife, Karen on StoryCorps. To hear the 3-minute interview, visit: http://storycorps.org/listen/stories/robert-patterson-and-his-wife-karen/

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 has collected more than 1,800 interviews with 180 partner organizations. Some of these stories are played each Friday on National Public Radio.

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. To download the toolkit, visit: http://storycorps.org/initiatives/mli/

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