The power of a story
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Some of the residents of Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation stayed after creating their own original story to have their picture made with activities director Janice Allen (second left back row) and Pete and Joyce Vanderpool  (back left and right). The Vanderpools are presenting this series of 10 sessions of Story Power, a program designed to enhance the quality of life of Alzheimer’s/dementia residents.
Some of the residents of Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation stayed after creating their own original story to have their picture made with activities director Janice Allen (second left back row) and Pete and Joyce Vanderpool (back left and right). The Vanderpools are presenting this series of 10 sessions of Story Power, a program designed to enhance the quality of life of Alzheimer’s/dementia residents.
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Creative Story Project, Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation, and Cleveland State Community College are excited to announce a collaboration that will enhance the quality of life of Alzheimer’s/dementia residents at Bradley Healthcare, and ultimately other nursing and assisted living facilities in our area.

The program was made available partially through the generosity of a grant from the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club, according to Joyce Vanderpool, of Creative Story Project.

The search for a cure for Alzheimer’s continues, but until that cure or prevention is found, the needs of those living with the disease must be addressed.

This new collaboration has implement Creative Story Project’s Story Power program at Bradley Healthcare with a promotional video created by Cleveland State to share results with other care facilities, encouraging them to put the program into practice in their facilities.

Story Power is a narrative therapy program designed in part for use with people who are cognitively impaired.

Through the power of story creation, small groups of participants use the art of oral storytelling, replacing the pressure to remember with the encouragement to imagine.

Through the process, they create delightful stories in which they take great pride, Vanderpool said.

The direct benefits to participants who help create and share these stories is to help build community, raise awareness of dementia and reduce its stigma, reduce feelings of isolation, and build pride and a sense of legacy.

Story Power is based on the concepts of the TimeSlips™ program, and Story Power developers. Pete and Joyce Vanderpool are both certified facilitators.

“We have been delighted with the results of this program in our work with those whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s. We are excited about this new collaboration with Bradley Healthcare and Cleveland State,” says Pete Vanderpool, executive director of Creative Story Project.

“The room has been full of smiling faces and laughter – not just those in the group of story writers, but in the facilitators and staff as well.”

In an excerpt from a story titled “Kitty’s Cone” written by the group who were viewing a picture of a child sharing her ice cream cone with her cocker spaniel, the group showed the stimulus of imagination with glimpses of memory.

Purple! That is the color used to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, its effects on families and its treatment. June 21 was the Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day.” Teams around the world worked together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity.

Bradley Healthcare welcomes volunteers to assist with various tasks at their facility. The Alzheimer’s Association accepts donations at any time, as does Creative Story Project.

Janice Allen, Activities director of Bradley Healthcare, summed it up. “There is no right or wrong in the power of story. Just fun and laughter to be experienced by all. The world of the person with dementia changes over time and we must use creativity to enhance their quality of life.

“I look forward each week to observing residents participating in Story Power and the joy that this program brings,” she said.

For more information, contact Joyce Vanderpool, joyce@creativestoryproject.com, 423/310-7333 or Janice Allen at Bradley Healthcare, jallen@bradleyhealthcare.com, 423/472-7116.

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http://bradleyhealthcare.com/

http://www.creativestoryproject.com

http://www.alz.org