This summer I volunteered at Melabev three times a week for three weeks. Melabev is a day care center for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. My role, in its essence, was to listen. What did I hear?
Stories. So many stories, like snapshots from the past. Reimagined, sparked from some suggestion, or an interior rekindling of self. In many ways, our memory defines our identity—who we are, and how we conceive our humanity. Volunteering at Melabev this summer taught me the capacity stories carry to illustrate memory.
Robert Greenberg Volunteer & Study Participant 2014