Our Research

Our research consists of interviews with caregivers and support providers.  We are asking those who feel that they have heard a finite set of stories from an elderly loved one to tell us about the content of those stories. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. If you have an elderly person in your life, and you feel that you can think of about 10 stories that they tell over and over, we invite you to reach out to us and set up an interview.  There are 3 ways you can do this:
    1. You can click on the link that follows and send us an email indicating that you would be willing to hear more about the study and what’s involved;

To participate in this research, click here.

  • You can call us at 613-533-6000 (x 78019);
    • You can approach us at one of a number of public sessions we will be conducting in the coming months.
  • One of our research assistants will then call you to explain more about the study, answer your questions, and formally invite you to participate. 
  • If you agree, they will set up a time for an interview – it could be face-to-face or on the phone, depending on your preference and on the availability of an interviewer in your area.  They will also ask you to make yourself a few notes of the ten stories you wish to relate, so that you can readily tell them to us in the interview.
  • At the designated time, the interviewer will meet you and record your loved one’s stories, as told to you.
  • The interviewer will then leave you with a small token of our appreciation, and go off to write up your loved one’s ten stories.  They will send you the transcript of those stories, to make sure we have got them right!  You will have an opportunity to edit or correct the transcript.
  • Once we’ve got the stories straight, we will enter them in our database ANONYMOUSLY.  From this point on, yours and your loved one’s identify will be obscured, and no one will be able to identify you.  We then analyze your stories, along with the stories of all of our other participants, and search for themes and common threads that help us to understand the meanings people are trying to convey with these stories.
  • Finally, we produce a small booklet with your loved one’s stories for you to keep.  You may also submit pictures to illustrate the stories if you wish, and we will include those as well.  For examples of what these booklets contain, see two examples under Archives on our website (www.tenstories.ca)

We use a qualitative approach to capture your stories.  The qualitative captures peoples’ own words and the significance they carry. Qualitative research focuses on meaning and value, and does not try to reduce the breadth of human experience to numbers and statistics. Instead, it attempts to capture the richness and variety of different people’s life experiences. Qualitative research is ideally suited to this type of inquiry.

We seek to understand:

·         What are the main themes or ideas that people try to communicate to those closest to them?

·         What kinds of stories do they choose (whether consciously or subconsciously) to communicate those themes?

·         Are men’s stories are different from women’s stories?

·         Are different types of stories told to spouses, to children, to friends or

·         relatives?

This research is being used to help those providing care and assistance to family members or friends.  We hope that by offering a new way to hear the Ten Stories, we can help to reduce the burden on caregivers, while at the same time allowing their elders to be heard for who they are and how they wish to be remembered.