What is Ten Stories?

Have you ever noticed that elderly people often tell a finite number of stories over and over again?  If you are providing care or support  to an elderly loved one – a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a friend – maybe you recognize this idea, and feel like you are hearing the same stories over and over. Are you interested to know more about what these stories mean and why they are important?


Qualitative research focuses on meaning and value, and it attempts to capture the richness and variety of different people’s life experiences

The Stories

The story about his first car. The story about her first job. The story about love and loss. When we listen to stories differently, we often discover an important message.

Ten Stories: 5à7 Research Talk

Listen to Dr. Mary Ann McColl explain what the Ten Stories are, and how to capture them for yourself.