Book Chapter: How to be a Storyteller with Seniors
Her Thoughts: Stories inspire, entertain, educate, and appeal to all ages. While stereotypically storytelling has been associated with reading picture books to children, it is so much more. We have all been children. As members of the human family we share enough in common that we can enjoy reminiscing over experiences we are likely to share. Mature adults still reflect on stories they have heard in their youth and they readily listen to and enjoy contemporary stories of human interest, historical events and humorous anecdotes.
Stories address a limitless variety of themes and their appeal is everlasting. Storytellers realize that stories have universal appeal and their favorite audiences often include seniors. As we age, access to the arts can become limited as health, finances, and transportation issues intrude. What a wonderful and enriching experience it is when performing artists such as Storytellers choose senior settings as places to share their talents and the uplifting joy that storytelling brings.
Carol Esterreicher dazzles her audiences with Aesop’s fables, urban legends, folktales, character portrayals, and amusing word play versions of fairy tales as well as tender and funny personal stories that resonate with family audiences, and seniors. In 2011, The National Storytelling Network honored her with the prestigious Oracle Award. Her current outreach focuses on senior centers, and both independent and assisted living residences. Explore www.carolstories.com to learn more.