Announcing a New Program:
Storytelling in Assisted Living and Memory Care Centers
"It is a rare time when they are all so focused on the same thing at the same time, especially some of those with severe dementia."
- Stephanie Spargo
Storytelling entertains as it provides listeners with opportunities to be engaged in the moment. Best of all, there is always a chance that a story will activate a related memory and encourage folks to respond by sharing their thoughts with others.
I am proud to say the pilot program I started in May this year at three assisted living and memory care sites in Tucson has been a success. After presenting a different 45-minute show for thirty weeks, my repertoire has grown with stories to interest this new audience of seniors in residential settings.
The format I developed for this program has resulted in some surprising and satisfying moments in focused attention from individuals, appropriate responses and spontaneous applause. The program director at one site told me her residents look forward to each visit by asking, "Will the storyteller be here today?"
I am not formally educated in the field of senior care or therapy. I do not wish to present myself as anything more than a professional storyteller with years of experience as a performer addressing the needs and interests of people of all ages and walks of life. My goal is to tell stories that have meaning for a specific audience by coordinating what I do with the professionals in each situation where I am invited to perform.
Please contact me if you are considering adding a storytelling program to what you offer your residents. I am able to provide references, program documentation and an outline of some of the shows I developed as part of this 2014 pilot program.
Now Accepting Bookings for
2015 Library SRP Show:
IT'S A DUCK, IT'S AN EAGLE, NO IT'S
MZ RIPARIAN, SUPER SQUIRREL!
(aka Squirrely Shirley, SUPER HERO)!
Squirrely Shirley believes it is important for everyone to take care of the environment, and this year her mission is to educate folks about the importance of saving the wetlands around the world.
Shirley wants to enlist the kids who come to her show to become Junior Riparian Super Heroes, and she shares many things folks can do to keep our wetlands nice for everyone to enjoy.
By the end of the show, and through the silly antics that children and families have come to associate with this rambunctious squirrel, everyone in the audience will want to find out more about wetlands in the area.
Armed with a list of things kids can do to be a Junior Riparian Super Hero, youngsters will know the best way to start this new activity is to find and check out books on the subject from library.
Mz Riparian, Super Squirrel - Super Hero, and her storytelling sidekick, Glenda Bonin, plan to take this show on tour this summer. If your library is on the summer tour route through northern Arizona to Washington State, and east to Montana before returning home though Idaho, be sure to contact us to book the show.
Remember, if your library is on the travel route, the fee for a performance will be the same as if you are in our home town. Be sure to take advantage of this offer, and contact us soon. It's always fun to add a special touring show to the summer lineup, and this show is a guaranteed audience pleaser!