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StoryCorps Legacy: Recording stories of people with serious illness

Alexis Creer Send Email
Legacy Coordinator
80 Hanson Place, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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StoryCorps, a national oral documentary project with an archive of more than 40,000 interviews at the Library of Congress and weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition, has built upon existing services to create, implement, and evaluate a new model of therapeutic listening and reminiscence for people with serious illness and their families. Through StoryCorps Legacy, palliative care organizations are provided with state-of-the art recording equipment and are trained to record reminiscence interviews with the people they serve. The mission of the project is to record, preserve, and share the stories of this community. Informed largely by the StoryCorps Memory Loss Initiative – a program that has collaborated with more than 180 organizations serving aging populations and people with Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury, StoryCorps Legacy complements the mission of palliative care organizations by offering a service that can be embedded within providers’ ongoing programming. During its pilot year, Legacy partnered with six local and national organizations to record nearly 100 interviews. Now in Year One of the project, Legacy stories continue to be recorded, bringing participants closer together and enhancing the services of palliative care, hospice, and disease-specific organizations.

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