Monday, February 17, 2014

Meet John -- Show car driver for Richard Petty -- Eden's Voice of the Elder with LifeBio

You can meet ordinary, extraordinary people everywhere you go.  Today, meet John.  John was interviewed recently by LifeBio by phone.
John lives at Pickett Care, an elder community that follows the principles of the Eden Alternative, realizing the importance of each person being deeply known. 

Listen to John's voice as he shares his own unique and exciting life experiences. 

You'll hear about John’s hometown of Morristown, TN. Enjoy his advice which is…  “Have all the fun you can!”  He talks about family, his beautiful white Corvette (T-top), his experiences drag racing, his work at Magnavox (assembling electronics) and later he worked for Richard Petty and drove his Dodge Charger show car. He drove the Charger 186 miles per hour at the Daytona Speedway!  He has a degree in accounting.  You’ll hear about a scary motorcycle accident he had….a vacation to Hawaii…and about his favorite TV shows, movies, and his love of country music. 

No matter one's age or health issues or background, John reminds us that EVERYONE has a story to tell.  Let's talk....and listen to each other more.....and "Have fun!" too!   

Listen to John's life story. Click Here.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

5 Outcomes of Social and Emotional Education

When young children connect with each other to share their life stories, they get more out of it than you may think. This form of interaction gives them social and emotional education. They're learning...
1) To talk with people that are different from themselves. Children grow up with their family, who is alike them in every way. Sharing stories with other people allows them to have empathy for that person.
2) To have a face-to-face conversation. Kids are so focused on their social media sites and cell phones that sometimes they don't know how to have an eye-to-eye conversation with someone. It's a skill!
3) To work their brain.  Human beings are complicated things. When kids learn to understand other humans, it's the best form of brain fitness.
4) To be good people. When kids learn to listen to other people, they're preparing themselves for their future. This world needs people who are willing to truly listen to other people and compromise, not just do things for their own gain.
5) To be open to emotions. When kids talk to other people about their life stories, these talks almost always involve laughter and tears. Kids need to be open to letting emotions show and be a part of their lives. Otherwise, conversations can be dead, and emotions can be locked up inside. That isn't healthy.

Schools that not only focus on academia, but focus on emotional and social education will be preparing students for the future. Students will never have to find the third derivative of an equation again. They will, however, have to interact, communicate, and understand people for their entire lives. Sharing life stories can become extremely relevant for students. They'll learn to get off their phones and start participating in the real world. As a result, the community will be a better place.
Go to to find out more about great resources to aid in sharing life stories.

Celebrate your Heritage

February is black history month! It's a month where people of African American descent can celebrate their heritage and the great accomplishments of their race. From the Emancipation Proclamation to the Civil Rights movement of 1964, there is so much to learn.

Whether you're of African American descent or not, let this month be a reminder to discover your past and the accomplishments of your ancestors. Your ancestor's past is as integral to your life story as everything you have done as well.

Talk to older family members or do some research. Figure out your history! It's a part of you, just as much as your children and grandchildren's stories will be a part of you. Did your ancestors participate in the Civil Rights movement? Did they fight in the Civil War? Go back further! Did they come through Ellis Island? On the Mayflower? The possibilities are endless.

Celebrate your heritage. Write your life story. Someday, your life story will be part of your descendant's history. They'll be fascinated to know the things your generation accomplished, just like we're fascinated to learn about our ancestors. It's a beautiful, endless, cycle.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Oral History Projects or Autobiography Projects in Retirement Communities

We're hearing from retirement communities that are seeking ways to capture the life stories of the older members of the community. Senior living communities, assisted living, long-term care / skilled nursing settings are the perfect setting for oral history projects. Even in memory care or with those who have early-stage Alzheimer's, this is a goal that can be accomplished.  

There can be autobiography classes or online autobiography licenses on writing life stories. In fact, communities can become LifeBio Authorized Organizations to extend LifeBio to all members of the community (or just one area of campus).   There are great ways that intergenerational projects can happen in care facilities as well. For example, youth can help create Storyboards for older people. Again, the local retirement community is a great setting for bringing people of all ages together for recording life stories--hear history from those who actually lived it!  Even video recording can be employed to help retirement communities create simple but powerful videos of the older members of the community. makes it easy to type forming small groups using a memory book as a guide for discussion to help neighbors become friends. Communities are also the perfect place to store the stories gathered for safe keeping now and in the future. In fact, we see a "legacy library" of LifeBio Legacy Books ( hardcover books of community members' life stories) being archived in senior living communities or in their local libraries across the country and around the world. We encourage retirement communities to seek grant money and donors to support the project. LifeBio has the tools to make it easier to bridge together the generations and promote better communication with Volunteer Orientation already written by help as you are training youth or adult volunteers to record the life stories of seniors. After all, everyone has a story! Everyone could really write a book!
biographies, while LifeBio Studio app is now available---to video record using any iPad, iPod, or iPhone with video (download from the Apple App Store). Autobiography is a natural extension of the work that senior living communities do with building relationships and

Questions?  Call 937-303-4576 or 1-866-LIFEBIO  or email   for more info!