When people learn what I do, they often recount the stories they remember hearing their grandparents tell. It goes without saying that I have been fortunate to have heard many amazing stories – some inspiring, some informative, some heartbreaking – all offering a glimpse of history as experienced by ‘real’ people.
I just finished listening to a moving story by Michele Norris of NPR, recount memories of her father as sought to make sense of them in her new book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir.
When a loved one starts to lose a lifetime of memories, it affects the whole family. Often, the changing stages of Alzheimers are marked by a renewed interest and focus on preserving family stories and history by those who realize how much stands to be lost.