Students help seniors tell their stories
Students from Shoalhaven Anglican School will work with seniors from IRT Sarah Claydon over the next six weeks to create their oral histories.
At an introductory session to be held this Friday, nine IRT Sarah Claydon residents will pair up with students from the school, who will interview them to create their digital biography as part of IRT’s ‘My Story Matters’ program.
The students will listen to the seniors’ life stories and record their reminiscences in written journals, before adding images and music to retell their stories. The students will then share the stories with residents and their families at a presentation session to be held at the end of the six week program.
IRT Area Manager Southern Shoalhaven, Cheree Howe said the ‘My Story Matters’ program provides seniors with a wonderful opportunity to share themselves and their stories with the younger generation.
“Seniors have great value to our society and this partnership with Shoalhaven Anglican College will allow our residents to share their wisdom with local students,” she said.
Students participating in the program will have an opportunity to develop their communication skills, gain an understanding of another era, and learn about careers in the aged care industry. The program also has a number of benefits for the seniors participating.
“The ‘My Story Matters’ program can assist with depression and anxiety and result in improved sleep patterns, increased engagement with staff and other residents, a reduction in medication use, enhanced cognitive functioning and a stronger sense of community and belonging,” Ms Howe said.
Representatives of the media are invited to attend the introductory session of the ‘My Story Matters’ program at IRT Sarah Claydon, 130 Princes Highway, Milton, at 11.30am on Friday 20 May.
For further information please contact:
Deborah De Santis
T: 0403 121 651