Older Adult Storytelling Students to Share Tales of Courage and Resilience

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 03, 2018

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department, Disability, Aging and Veteran Services (DAVS) Division

For the second year in a row during Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services is partnering with master storyteller Paul Iarrobino on a special storytelling project.

Mr. Iarrobino has spent The 2018 storytellers hail from Beaverton, Tigard and Hillsboro.six weeks coaching older adult storytellers who will share their accounts of resilience, courage and risk-taking during two performances in May:

  • Tuesday, May 15, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy

  • Wednesday, May 30, 1:30-3 p.m. at The Community at Marquis, 19805 SW Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin

Mr. Iarrobino regularly performs his craft at community events and incorporates stories when giving keynote addresses and presentations. He inspires new storytellers by teaching and mentoring small groups. “I believe everyone has a story to share,” says Iarrobino. “I enjoy working with new storytellers because they learn the art form together. These students are motivated, supportive and excited to share their stories with the community.”

Gini Graham of Beaverton says, “I’ve traveled to 38 countries and 44 states, but I’m never satisfied with the stories I share when I come back. I give travelogues, not stories.” The storytelling student goes on to say, “I have had such incredible opportunities and experiences that I want others to benefit from. So I must learn to share them well.”

The performances are free and open to the public. Donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted for Meals on Wheels People. Especially needed are high protein and low sodium items. Cash donations also appreciated. Everyone who brings a donation will be entered into a raffle.

Refreshments will be offered. Call 503-846-3093 to RSVP. These events are made possible with funding from the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative.

Media Contact:

Wendy Gordon, Communications Coordinator/PIO