Where Were You When?

This project explores the memories of older adults who experienced major worldly events such as Neil Armstrong landing on the moon or the tearing down of the Berlin wall. These memories and stories were turned into a musical performance.

Project Status: Complete

Project Description

There have been many memorable events throughout the past 100 years. For example, Neil Armstrong landing on the moon or the inauguration of the Canadian Maple Leaf Flag. These events may have impacted and changed the lives of individuals who experienced them first hand. This project explored the memories of older adults who experienced major events by asking them “where were you when…”.

The questions focused on worldly events such as the tearing down of the Berlin wall, the death of Elvis, etc. The researchers conducted interviews to gather this information. The stories and memories were used to generate a musical performance illustrating the thoughts and feelings that the participants experienced during the events. The participants, as well as their friends, family, and residents and team members at the long-term care home where the project took place were invited to view this performance. Overall the performance was well received and the participants enjoyed seeing their stories and thoughts come to life.

Project Lead

Project Team

Lee Willingham - Co-investigator

Research Topics