University of Nevada, Reno




Life Stories: Curriculum for Teaching Groups


Creating an autobiography helps older adults write about their lives in a way that can enhance social and family networks and improve their self-esteem, important factors in maintaining physical and mental well-being.  Wtih that in mind, Dr. Claudia Collins, associate professor and aging specialist at The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, developed a curriculum to teach life story writing in assisted living facilities.  This curriculum is free to use.  We just ask that you give proper credit.


Below are links to the needed materials:



Fact Sheets in PDF
for printing in booklet form, 11x17

Fact Sheets in PDF
for printing,
letter size

Link to curriculum

Click here for Curriculum

Link to Fact Sheet: Starting the Process       Link to Fact Sheet: Creating a Family Keepsake


Starting the Process    A Family Keepsake

             Click here for booklet form


Creating an Autobiography-Starting the Process, letter size           Creating an Autobiography: A Family Keepsake, letter size


Starting the Process    A Family Keepsake

                Click here for letter size