Life Stories Program
Through a unique, national initiative called “Americorps in Eldercare Settings” (or ACES), baby-boomer aged professionals are working directly with seniors; capturing and recording life histories to be treasured for generations.
Trained volunteers help to capture our residents’ meaningful memories as part of the new Life Stories program. Through a unique, national initiative called “Americorps in Eldercare Settings” (or ACES), baby-boomer aged professionals are working directly with seniors as helpful story hunters; capturing and recording life histories to be shared and treasured among friends and family.
Made possible through an AmeriCorps grant, Central Connecticut Senior Health Services was selected through a competitive process to be an ACES host site. The baby-boomer ACES volunteers bring their own special skills and talents to the Life Stories project as well as their compassion for our seniors and respect for their well-led lives. The ACES volunteers know they are learning through listening—and getting even more than they are giving.
“Everyone’s life is meaningful. To pass their important achieve-ments on in the form of a legacy is an honor,” shares Bill Stachelek, a former teacher and headmaster and current ACES Life Stories volunteer.
“My whole life has been one of service, and I didn’t want that to end when I retired,” explains Donna Storms, ACES volunteer. “I am a good listener so I bring that skill to Life Stories, but who knew that being a retired baby-boomer would work to my advantage one day?”
ACES Volunteer Lynn Patrick remarks, “The Life Stories experience is a ‘win-win’ for the volunteers and the residents. Everyone comes away from this project with a sense of pride and empowerment!”
For seniors who are interested in recording their life story or baby boomers who would like to learn more about how to become an ACES volunteer working on Central Connecticut Senior Health Services Life Stories program, please call 860-276-1020.
If you are a resident of one of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services communities, utilize any of our out-patient services or are a senior living independently within our community, we invite you to tell your story!