The Colisée Foundation and the Cuatroochenta Chair collaborate in the project “Historias para recordar” (Stories to remember), an action that allows the elderly of the Valencian Community to highlight their life stories by being the protagonists of a book and sharing their experiences with young people.
The Colisée Foundation and the Cuatroochenta Chair are collaborating to evaluate the impact of the “Stories to Remember” program on the quality of life of the elderly. The evaluation led by General Health Psychologist, Andrea Castillo, member of the Cuatroochenta Chair, is focused on measuring the objective impact on the mental and emotional health of participants. Levels of loneliness, mental well-being and life satisfaction will be examined, as well as the effects on ageism, challenging stereotypes and prejudices associated with age in both older people and the young people who hear their stories.
In the program, older people become the protagonists of a book that tells the story of their lives and have the opportunity to go to a high school to share their life experiences in an intergenerational encounter. The first edition of HPR took place in 2022 in Catalonia and was a great success. The team of the foundation, the families and friends of the elderly people featured in the book and the elderly themselves reported the subjective benefits of participating in the program. Now the second edition is being carried out in Castellón, Valencia and Alicante. On this occasion, the Colisée Foundation and the Cuatroochenta Chair will evaluate through a rigorous research which are the objective impacts on the mental and emotional health of the people who participate in the program “Stories to Remember”.
A total of 20 elderly people living in different areas of the Valencian Community are participating in this second edition of the program.