Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults
Exploring the Fabric of Life
Many older adults, the authors explain, have limited social networks. Widowhood, retirement, and other "involuntary transitions" create a loss of roles, which can damage the older adult's sense of identity and self-worth. Guided autobiography can be used very effectively with such persons—to promote their general well- being, develop friendships, and create increased feelings of self-sufficiency.
The book's chapters treat such topics as eliciting themes from people's lives, promoting creative thinking, facilitating group interaction, and mastering obstacles in the group process. Based on the authors' fourteen years of experience leading groups in guided autobiography, this book will be of special interest to gerontologists, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals who conduct activity programs for older people.
About the Authors
"How older adults can explore their fabrics of life in guided autobiographical groups is told with lucidity and richness of detail. . . After 14 years of experience, the authors have developed a procedure that has obvious great usefulness for activity programmes in a variety of settings."—Ageing and Society
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