Atria Senior Living did it with recipes. Nationwide, retirement communities participating in the Spirit of ’45 campaign are doing it with photos, letters, and stories. Seniors around the world do it every day — in assisted living, around the dinner table, over the phone, in StoryCorps booths, or in journals — as they should.
Storytelling is a powerful thing, particularly for those in the twilight of life: preserving memories for future generations and recording their histories before they’re gone.
And time is truly of the essence as World war II veterans are dying at the rate of 740 a day, according to a report from last night’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
In the piece, residents of Kendal at Hanover, a senior living community in New Hampshire, offered glimpses into a new book, World War II Remembered. Here, 56 individuals (both veterans and those who were home and elsewhere during the “era that changed the world”) shared poignant and richly detailed tales of war, of survival, the changing fabric of society and home, of time in Japanese internment camps, and so much more:
Want to read more about the significance of storytelling? Check out these posts: ‘Tis the Season for Telling Stories, Sharing Secrets and Ideas for Celebrating Family History Month in Assisted Living.