Critical Advances in Reminiscence Work: From Theory to by Jeffrey Dean Webster MEd, Barbara K. Haight DrPh RN FAAN

By Jeffrey Dean Webster MEd, Barbara K. Haight DrPh RN FAAN

This booklet is a brain opener to many vital problems with human habit. -- from the Foreword through James E. Birren memory paintings maintains to increase in fascinating and effective methods. during this quantity, Webster and Haight besides multidisciplinary members indicate methods of enhancing the standard of lifestyles throughout the approaches of memory. They current examples of state-of-the-art remedies in memory paintings. equipped into sections, the ebook units the level with a precious overview of the literature after which makes a speciality of conceptual matters, developmental/sociocultural contexts, specific populations, and medical functions. issues addressed contain: memory and improvement in past due existence, own identity/social discontinuity, religious memory, story-telling, integrating memory and existence overview strategies with remedy, and memory teams for individuals with dementia, between them. severe Advances in memory paintings can assist form the course of the sector sooner or later and will be learn through each practitioner, researcher, and senior undergraduate/graduate pupil drawn to biographical ways.

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There is the influence of context on how accounts are developed and responded to. Again, when it comes to presentation, the issue of ownership of the product is equally an issue of concern for oral historians and for reminiscence workers. There may be shared endeavor; there are also differences within the two universes. Oral historians have deliberated issues of ownership and control in relation to their own and participants' contributions to the process, coming up with models of partnership and experimenting with equality in the production and presentation of memories.

Narrative intelligence and the novelty of our lives. Journal of Aging Studies (1999) 13(1), 11-28. A discussion of narrative intelligence, its changing form throughout our lives, and posits it being a core component of biographical aging. Speculates this may be a framework to explore and better understand life stories (life review, guided autobiography, reminiscence), particularly in later life, as there's a need for theories outside of normal gerontological ones to enlarge our understanding of aging lives.

Challenges our generalizations as historians and folklorlsts. It complicates our analyses when our interviewees disagree with our interpretations; it forces us to re-think our stance, to consider the critiques and suggestions of our narrators whose stories we seek to tell. We may not agree with their interpretations; and that isn't our obligation. It is our obligation, though, to present multiple and contradictory perspectives when and if they arise within the same body of testimony; to offer in our analyses conflicting interpretations, or what may seem to be paradoxical reflections or assessments.

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