Collected short stories

Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 19(6), November 2011, pp.16-17.

In 2009, Queens Court care home, London, worked with ‘Many Happy Returns’ to deliver a life story project called ‘Collected Short Stories’ – an autobiographical album that tracks the pictorial history of dementia patients’ lives using photographs and printed material.  The album contained details of events such as work, marriage and children, as well as achievements in later life. The outcomes from Collected Short Stories have been manifold. As a results of the project, families spent time together discussing the albums. The residents' sense of value, well-being and self-esteem rose and their alertness and sociability has increased. The families' appreciation of their loved ones, the carers and the home has been strengthened. The carers' work enjoyment, motivation and commitment have increased both individually and as a team.

Subject terms:
life story work, older people, self-esteem, social inclusion, dementia;
Content type:
practice example
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