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Residents from The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Chattanooga (TN) and Lantern program director Danielle Nelson (far left) celebrate the start of another 10-week creative story program with storytellers Pete Vanderpool (center, in pink) and Joyce Vanderpool (right, in green) of Cleveland, Tennessee. The Vanderpools are frequent volunteers at the memory care community, engaging residents by helping them create their own stories. “Creative story has been proven to delay the progress of dementia,” say the Vanderpools on their website, www.creativestoryproject.com. “The process replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine, while encouraging communication with fellow residents, caregivers, and family members.”
“We are always happy to partner with the Vanderpools,” Nelson adds. “It is so exciting to see the residents actively participating in the storytelling, and everyone has a great time. We are so grateful to Pete and Joyce for encouraging our residents to think creatively and to have fun!”
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