Folsom seniors invited to audition for “These Eyes Have Seen”By: Telegraph Staff
An 89-year-old who had a heart transplant in 1995 and told he had one week live. An 85-year old who served in the military, taught English in Europe, and then served as a San Francisco police officer for 34 years. Octogenarians married for 64 years.
These are just a few of the local stories of seniors that will be featured with scores of others from around the country in a national, digital living history initiative called “These Eyes Have Seen.”
Their stories reveal tales of love lost and rediscovered, finding strength through adversity, wartime memories, humorous triumphs and much, much more.
They are the stories from our greatest generations – America’s seniors – and they are being told, saved and treasured in “living history” in the form of a digital and social media initiative called These Eyes Have Seen.
Now, seniors in and around Folsom are invited to audition their own special stories for permanent placement on “These Eyes Have Seen” when auditions are held at Creekside Oaks Retirement Community on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Launched in 2015, “These Eyes Have Seen” celebrates seniors by documenting their stories to provide joy, inspiration and guidance to people everywhere. To date, more than 100 stories from across the country have been documented, all accompanied by visually stunning photographs that capture not only the essence of the story but of the storytellers themselves. The seniors profiled offer insights into the experiences that impacted them most in their rich and long lives, how they reflect upon with their greatest happiness or regret and various words of wisdom on what it means to lead a life well-lived.
A project of Sunshine Retirement Living, which manages 20 retirement communities in nine states, plans for the project to include hundreds more seniors across the country in coming years.
“Our seniors have such a wealth of wisdom to share with us and our ‘These Eyes Have Seen’ initiative seeks to catalog their important stories for generations to come,” said Luis Serrano, CEO of Sunshine Retirement Living. “We are so grateful for all the stories that seniors around the country have shared with us and look forward to meeting more of these wonderful people in Folsom in September.”
The Sept. 13 auditions event will feature entertainment by local Gold Rush enactors and presenters, live country western music and complementary food and beverage. Reservations are required by Monday, Sept. 10, by contacting Michael Dettmer at (916) 983-3397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.