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Life Stories Memoir-Writing Program to Continue with Writing Groups

Posted 4/18/2013

The Life Stories Nevada memoir-writing workshop, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, is planning a reunion class May 3 at the Las Vegas FamilySearch Library, 509 S. Ninth St., Las Vegas. The intent is to continue the work of Life Stories Nevada through regular writing groups.

Cooperative Extension recently completed a partnership with the Las Vegas FamilySearch Library in March to offer the four-week Life Stories Nevada memoir-writing workshop, which helps older adults record life stories for themselves and future generations. Due to budget cuts, the class will no longer be offered, but Cooperative Extension staff is working with volunteers at the FamilySearch Library to continue the writing groups. This will allow those working on their memoirs to get the encouragement and motivation they need to finish.

Research has illustrated the importance of personal narratives to improve memory and promote self-esteem, which can lead to extended independence and more successful aging. The program aims to increase residents’ well-being by validating their life stories through both the process of writing them down and sharing them in a supportive group setting.

The writing group is free, and no registration is required. For more information, call Jean Norman at (702) 940-5423 or Wayne Stoker at the FamilySearch Library, (702) 382-9695.

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