Seniors write their stories for posterity volume

9 Jul

 

seniors

By Katie Cameron, Bond University Journalism Student

Senior Gold Coasters are publishing their life lessons in an initiative that aims to connect younger generations with the stories of their elders in the community.

Karen Andrews, Federal Member for McPherson, has provided funding to the writing company MAGIC to produce a publication, ‘MyStory,’ authored entirely by seniors in the area.

Project manager of the initiative Elga Nagels said that the publication would provide the writers with something to leave behind.

“We are encouraging seniors to write down what they would like to leave for the younger generation before their stories are lost, ” said Elga.

“I’ve always been interested in helping people write their stories as a way to make sure we have the opportunity to learn from other people’s lives.”

Surfers Paradise resident Aldona Malosevic said that the workshops inspired her to write about her life and the people in it.

“I didn’t think anyone would be interested in my story until Elga invited me to come along to the workshops,” she said.

“I have never done anything like this before, but I think that it will be good for me to write about when I left Latvia to come to Australia.”

The books will be given out at public places such as local libraries, doctor surgeries and schools in an effort to reach a range of Coast residents.

“Seniors often find it harder to connect to other generations and we hope the distribution of these books will spark conversations between age groups,” said Elga.

Aged care volunteer Imogen Thomson, 19, said that the different world perspectives offered in the book will be invaluable to young readers.

“Visiting the elderly has given me a completely different perspective to the one taught in history class,” said Imogen.

“This initiative will make it accessible for other young people to hear amazing stories and to learn from them.”

 

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