hear/say Stories
The hear/say books are a collection of stories about aging, dementia, art, work and life. Watch members of the Memory and Aging Center read excerpts from the first volume below.

Personal stories are a powerful way to share the rich, multi-dimensional nature of people’s experiences with aging, dementia, caregiving, and creativity. Through the hear/say project, the Voice of Witness team helped members of the Memory and Aging Center and the Global Brain Health Institute collect and share the nuanced dementia story from the perspective of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, family members, friends and artists to help illustrate the wide range of experiences of people living with dementia.

The videos below are excerpts from the Readers’ Theater sharing of stories from the first volume, completed in 2017. The second volume was completed in 2019. Both volumes of hear/say stories can be downloaded as PDFs (Vol. 1, Vol. 2) and are available for sale from Norfolk Press.

Welcome from Dr. Bruce Miller, Director of the Memory and Aging Center

Welcome by Cliff Mayotte, Education Program Director of Voice of Witness

“Who Has More Fun Than People” read by Leslie Goss

“They Actually Made Another One” read by Scott MacDonald & Robin Ketelle

“Being Present” (part 1) read by Sarah Dulaney

“Being Present” (part 2) read by Sarah Dulaney

“At the Bottom of All of It is Love” read by Kasia Gawlas

“At the Bottom of All of It is Love” read by Ali Zahir

Hellman Artist film by Keith Moreau, a former Hellman Artist

“I Have Always Considered Myself a Caregiver at Heart” read by Yessenia De La Vega & Thalia Leon

“I’m Not a Vegetable Yet” read by Geoff Hoyle, a former Hellman Artist