It’s the first in a series of events that Atria Kew Gardens will host to celebrate the importance of storytelling as a means of human connection.
“Storytelling is a simple and meaningful way to connect and pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and we are really excited to launch a year’s worth of StoryWise programs,” said Atria life director Martin Ingber.
Attendees can share their own stories or just listen. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. Atria Kew Gardens is located at 117-01 84 Avenue in Kew Gardens.
Scheduled guest storytellers include Cynthia Zalisky, executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council, and Rabbi Daniel Pollack, advisor to Congresswoman Grace Meng.
Atria Kew Gardens is one of 200 senior living communities participating in the event throughout the year.
The event series is inspired by Atria StoryWise, a collection of curated topics designed to spark memories and tap into personal experiences of seniors living around the country.
Atria Storywise is available as a boxed set of cards as well as an iPhone app. The app also allows users to record, share and keep their own stories.
The “Better Together” event also doubles as a fundraiser to benefit libraries. Between January 11 and 31, Atria will donate $1 to the American Library Association for every story shared through the Atria StoryWise app.