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 wellbeing, as well as challenging the myths and stereotypes around older people and people living with dementia.

SCCA’s ‘Holding the Story’ project harnesses the magic and power of Storytelling as a co-creative journey for older people and people living with dementia.

Why?

Because everyone has a story.
Because stories create connections.
Because connections create communities.

“Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls”.
Melody Beattie

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...