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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?

Research

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.

Story Telling

People tell personal stories for a number of reasons. In particular, we tell stories in order to find meaning in life.

Life can only be understood backwards, although it must be lived forwards

~ Soren Kierkengaard, Danish philosopher