The SCCA ‘Holding the Story’ project harnesses the magic and power of Storytelling as a co-creative journey to produce positive therapeutic and social outcomes for older people and people living with dementia.

All of us hold a story –our own ‘story of self’- within us. Our story of self weaves the identity that we wear in the world. But what happens when age and illness unravel the identity, and there is no-one to bear witness to our story of self? We become invisible, voiceless and isolated, leading to loneliness, depression, and a decline in health which often leads to medical intervention.

Research tells us that creative ageing/arts in health programs like ‘Holding the Story’ are a potential alternative to this scenario, fostering joy and well being, as well as challenging the myths and stereotypes around older people and people living with dementia.

Digital storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Throughout history, storytelling has been used to share knowledge, wisdom, and values. Stories have taken many different forms. Stories have been adapted to each successive medium that has emerged, from the circle of the campfire to the silver screen, and now the computer screen. (Digital Storytelling Association, 2011, para. 1)

Storytelling can have a profound effect on wellbeing by stimulating creative expression in older adults(Bohlmeijer et al., 2011)

Research has found health benefits from storytelling include;mental stimulation, improved memory, positive social connections,and increased activity among older adults in residential and adult day settings (Sierpina & Cole, 2004)

Mager, Barbara J. R. and Stevens, Lou Ann M., “The Effects of Storytelling on Happiness and Resilience in Older Adults” (2015).Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies Research Papers. 3.

In 2018 our project will be expanding and there will be a documentary about it ( see trailer below.) But in the meantime enjoy some of the wonderful stories created by SCCA residents over the last two years of “Holding the Story.”

05 Oct

SCCA Holding the Story 2017 – Tony Lennon My Family

Tony is a former solicitor who is living with dementia. His purpose is to document...

21 Sep

SCCA Holding the Story 2017- Nell on the Farm

Nell lives with a diagnosis of Dementia. But this hasn't stopped her from participating in...

21 Sep

SCCA Holding the Story 2017 – Joy Remembers

In September 1973 Joy and her new husband Lee took a trip around Australia. Joy...

05 Oct

SCCA Holding the Story 2016 “Dad” by Jasmine Braun

Jasmine tells the wonderful story of her Dad and recalls the family skiing holidays that...

27 Sep

SCCA Holding the Story 2016 – Yvonne’s Special Christmas

  Yvonne  shares her childhood memories of Christmas at Dunbogan in the 1940's. Enjoy this...

21 Sep

SCCA Holding the Story 2016- Enid and Peter the Early Days

This beautiful love story was shared by Enid and produced by Monique Buchbach as part...

21 Sep

SCCA Holding the Story 2016 – Nell’s 7th Birthday

  Nell, a lady living with a diagnosis of dementia, shares her memories of her...

29 Jun

SCCA Holding the Story 2016 – “Trees” by John Mc Mahon

His birth certificate might say he's 84 but for John Mc Mahon that's just a...