I love spending time with the seniors in assisted living and memory care homes.
In Memory Care Homes…I bring several fun pictures and have the seniors work together to create stories about the pictures. As they tell the story, I write it down. Afterwards, I type up the stories, laminate them and bring them back the next time I come. They love to listen to the stories that they have written and I store them in a binder at the home. Between the stories they create, I also tell them some tall tales and folktales. At the end of each session, I bring out my suitcase full of puppets. Each resident chooses one and we make the puppets sing “story songs” such as “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?” The seniors love interacting with the puppets.
In Assisted Living homes… I begin each session with what I call a “story warm up” where the residents create a story based on a picture I bring. I write down the story as they create it. Then I pull out a basket full of various items such as a canning jar, stapler, pencil, apple, etc and ask each resident to choose an item. Then the residents take turns sharing a memory or story that the item reminds them of. I write these memories down. Usually the sharing of their memories brings laughter and stimulates conversations among the residents. They have a great time. During each session, I usually share one or two folktales or tall tales with the residents which they have a lot of fun listening to.Afterwards, I type up their memories and story and laminate them. Then, the next time I come I place them in a binder at the home where the residents can go back and reread their stories and memories.
“It has been great having Christine in the community. The residents love listening to her stories and she does a great job of bringing the story to life as well as tying in themes for the time of year. You can tell she puts in the time and work to make the performance truly great.” (Matt Bailey, Activity Director: Benton House of Tiffany Springs)
“Our residents at Sunrise of Overland Park really enjoy Christine’s storytelling and always make it a point to tell me how wonderful her stories are. They look forward to her engaging stories!” (Tiana Wunder, Activities Coordinator: Sunrise of Overland Park)
“Christine has a wonderful presentation of stories, especially loved by our ladies when she talked about her quilts and the stories behind them. She will bring a lot of energy and laughs to your days.” (Peter Eggebrecht, Chaplain/Activities Coordinator: Evergreen Community of Johnson County)