Due to Covid-19 we are now offering audio-only biographies, with the option to have
your audio transformed into a video by adding photos, old letters or home movies.
We are also offering in-person video biography services implementing strict safety protocols.
We promise to make you feel safe and satisfied. Please enquire about all of your options.
What do you really know about the older adults in your life? Did you learn things about your parents or grandparents after they died that you wish you'd had the chance to talk with them about when they were alive? If you have kids, wouldn't it be wonderful for them to learn more about their family history through the firsthand accounts of their elders, who shared the experiences that shaped their lives? In a culture where youth is praised and older adults are often invisible, imagine how meaningful it would be for an older adult to share their life story with an attentive, seasoned interviewer.
With Life Stories for the Ages, you or someone you love have the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy: a life story captured on audio or digital video. The gift that keeps on giving, Life Stories for the Ages allows family members to discover new things about their loved ones, and cherish their unique voices, gestures and life experiences over and over again.
Our seasoned production team would be honored to create an audio-only or digital video life story for
you or someone you love. We guarantee the process will be joyful and professional from start to finish. We promise to deliver a professional, well-crafted narrative that celebrates the life you've led - and continue to lead. Should you choose to engage our services, we will coordinate all aspects of the production and deliver a final audio or video keepsake that can be enjoyed on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Please enquire about pricing and your delivery time during the initial consultation.
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When Jana first told me about Life Stories for the Ages, I was excited for the opportunity to collaborate on the first full-length video. I’ve been a shooter/editor since the early 1990’s and have logged many hours behind the camera recording talking heads. However, this time was different… our subject wasn’t selling widgets or discussing 3rd quarter financials – they were sharing heartfelt stories about their past, stories that literally shaped who they are today.
It was engaging, refreshing & enlightening and it was obvious they wanted their stories to be heard – and professionally preserved. If the experience was this moving for me, I can only imagine how touching it must be for families that decide to have a legacy video produced.
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Life Stories for the Ages founder Jana Panarites is on a mission to preserve the rich stories of community elders for the benefit of every generation. Her 25+ years of experience in storytelling and media production began in LA when she joined the production team of NBC’s five-part documentary series, “The Human Animal” hosted by Phil Donahue. After this she worked on the Emmy Award-winning, "Agnes: The Indomitable DeMille" (PBS) and several other New York-based productions.
As host and producer of The Agewyz Podcast, Jana has had the privilege of conducting over 180 interviews with caregivers, professionals in the field of aging, and artists who are using media to creatively address major health issues, foster dialogue and challenge widespread assumptions about aging. In these frank, lively conversations ideas are sparked, information shared, and stories told—of setbacks, triumphs and remarkable human courage. The Agewyz Podcast is on Caring.com's list of "Best Podcasts for Family Caregivers."
Jana is also the author of "Scattered: My Life As An Accidental Caregiver," Caregiver." Written after her father's sudden death, the book captures her experience of moving back into her childhood home and trying to advance her career while caring for her then 80-year old grief-stricken mother.
Jana is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications; and the University of Southern California, where she earned a Master’s in Public Diplomacy, a joint degree from the Annenberg School of Communications & Journalism, and the School of International Relations.
How long will this take?
Depending on the scope
of the project
and the availability of the participants, the entire
process can take anywhere
from 4 to 8 weeks.
Once we nail down the
specifics, we'll be able
to provide you with
a more accurate timeline.
How much will this cost?
We are committed to producing quality videos and audio bios that have lasting value.
To that end, after exploring your goals for the project, we will be able to provide you with an accurate price point and contract for review. Cost is determined based on the time it will take for pre-production (preparation before the interview begins); production (conducting the actual
interview); and post-production
(editing and delivery).
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We specialize in recording the life stories of older adults on video and in phone interviews.
Get in touch with us here
and let's explore your
goals and the options!