Emma Nile

Granville, New South Wales

Storytelling facilitator for the elderly

In 2012, Emma’s great-grandmother moved into residential care. During her visits, the Macquarie University PhD candidate realised that asking about the past lifted the matriarch’s spirits. Emma read more on the positive impact of reminiscing and, drawing on her psychology and education experience, developed a program to help elderly people record their lives. Our Stories was piloted in 2013 and Emma is has since introduced the program into nursing homes, where it has been well received: “Our Stories helps older Australians to feel valued and improve their memory, and also enable aged care staff to strengthen bonds with residents.”