The family stories workshop: Stories for those who cannot remember

Kenneth W. Hepburn, Wayne Caron, Marilyn Luptak, Sharon Ostwald, Leslie Grant, Joseph M. Keenan

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The Family Stories Workshop (FSW) is a process through which family members and friends of persons with dementing disorders living in nursing homes develop stories of these residents' lives. The stories are meant to help staff members to develop a better, more deeply felt understanding of the lives of the residents, persons who can no longer tell their own stories. The workshop is product-oriented and is not meant as a support group and works best in organizations emphasizing individualized care. This article describes the process of the FSW as well as outcomes from preliminary implementation. It suspects ways of using elements of the process to more broadly accomplish the FSW purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-832
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997


  • Dementia
  • Empowerment
  • Families
  • Nursing homes


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