Storytelling and Memory Loss: A Workshop for Caregivers


Memory loss comes in many shapes and forms. Like music, stories are a tool that unlocks interaction across that spectrum, including advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this workshop, you’ll learn basic storytelling techniques that have been specially designed to help family members, health care professionals, chaplains, volunteers, and other caregivers interact with folks who are dealing with memory loss.

Facilitator: Anne Rutherford

Rutherford is an award-winning storyteller whose practice includes more than 20 years performing regularly for people with moderate to severe memory loss, and those who care for them, in a variety of formal and informal settings.

Anne Rutherford’s enchanting, funny, and touching performances delight audiences with Pacific Northwest folklore and tales of personal adventure. Her singing and mandolin playing add to the fun, along with vivid vocal and physical characterizations such as her original Wild West alter-ego, the adventurous Clementine Ryder.

A four-time first place winner of the Northwest Folklife Liar’s Contest, she took the grand prize in the 2016 NW Tall Tales Challenge. Rutherford’s CD, The Habit of Joy, is a Storytelling World award winner. Rutherford performs and leads workshops across the country.

“One of the finest professional liars in the world.” – Portland Tribune

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