Storying Later Life: Issues, Investigations, and Interventions in Narrative Gerontology

Hardcover | December 31, 2010

EditorGary Kenyon, Ernst Bohlmeijer, William L. Randall

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In its brief but vigorous history, gerontology has spawned a broadening range of specializations. One of the newest of such specializations is narrative gerontology, so named for its emphasis on the biographical, or inside, dimensions of the experience of aging.Telling stories about our world, our relationships, and ourselves is fundamental to how we make meaning. Everything from our history to our religion and our memories to our emotions is linked to the tales we tell ourselves, and others, about where we have come from and where we are going. They arecentral to who we are. The biographical side of human life is every bit as critical to fathom as the biological side, if we seek a more balanced, positive, and optimistic perspective on what aging is about; if we would honor the dignity and complexity, the humanity and uniqueness of the lives of older persons, no matterwhat their health or economic standing. In this respect, a narrative approach is particularly suited to the exploration of such topics as meaning, spirituality, and wisdom, and the connections they share.This volume reflects a selection of new directions and insights, and constitutes a general broadening and deepening of narrative gerontology, exploring its implications for theory and research in the field of aging, and for the quality of life of older adults themselves. Such deepening indicates agreater refinement of thought, method, and intervention. The evolution of narrative gerontology is also evidenced by a significant increase in the number of faculty and graduate students engaged in research in this area, as well as by increasing collaboration among researchers, practitioners, andadministrators in applying narrative insights to contexts such as long term care - indeed, healthcare in general. These initiatives have given rise to the phrase, "narrative care as core care".

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In its brief but vigorous history, gerontology has spawned a broadening range of specializations. One of the newest of such specializations is narrative gerontology, so named for its emphasis on the biographical, or inside, dimensions of the experience of aging.Telling stories about our world, our relationships, and ourselves is fundam...

Gary Kenyon, Ph.D. is founding Chair and Professor, Gerontology Department, St. Thomas University, New Brunswick, Canada. He is listed in Who's Who in Canada and the United States and is a frequent visiting scholar in Europe. Dr. Kenyon is a co-creator of Narrative Gerontology and the concept of Narrative Care. William L. Randall, EdD...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 31, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Gary Kenyon, William Randall, and Ernst Bohlmeijer: PrefaceAcknowledgementsContributorsJames E. Birren: ForewordPart 1: Issues1. Mark Freeman: Narrative Foreclosure in Later Life: Possibilities and Limits2. William L. Randall: Memory, Metaphor, and Meaning: Reading for Wisdom in the Stories of Our Lives3. Jaber F. Gubrium: Narrative Events and Biographical Construction in Old Age4. Frits de Lange: Inventing Yourself: How Older Adults Deal with the Pressure of Late-Modern Identity Construction5. R. Ruard Ganzevoort: Minding the Wisdom of the Ages: Narrative Approaches in Pastoral Care with Older Adults6. Rishi Goyal and Rita Charon: In Waves of Time, Space, and Self: The Dwelling-Place of Age in Virginia Woolf's The Waves7. Phillip G. Clark: The Narrative Frame in Discourse on Aging: Understanding Facts and Values Behind Public PolicyPart 2: Investigations8. Stephan Marks: The Power of Stories Left Untold: Narratives of Nazi Followers9. Cassandra Phoenix: Young Bodies, Old Bodies, and Stories of the Athletic Self10. Linda Caissie: The Raging Grannies: Narrative Construction of Gender and Aging11. Patricia O'Neill, James E. Birren, and Cheryl Svensson: Narrative and Gender Differences: How Men and Women Interpret Their Lives12. Kate de Medeiros: Telling Stories: How Do Expressions of Self Differ in a Writing Group Versus a Reminiscence Group?13. Philippe Cappeliez and Jeffrey Dean Webster: Mneme and Anamnesis: The Contribution of Involuntary Reminiscences to the Construction of a Narrative Self in Older Age14. Karen Burnell, Peter Coleman, and Nigel Hunt: Achieving Narrative Coherence Following Traumatic War Experience: The Role of Social Support15. Jefferson A. Singer and Beata Labunko Messier: Using Self-Defining Memories in Couples Therapy with Older AdultsPart 3: Interventions16. Gary M. Kenyon: On Suffering, Loss, and The Journey To Life: Tai Chi as Narrative Care17. Thijs Tromp: Older Adults in Search of New Stories: Measuring the Effects of Life Review on Coherence and Integration in Autobiographical Narratives18. Ernst Bohlmeijer and Gerben Westerhof: Reminiscence Interventions: Bringing Narrative Gerontology into Practice19. Bas Steunenberg and Ernst Bohlmeijer: Life Review Using Autobiographical Retrieval: A Protocol for Training Depressed Residential Home Inhabitants in Recalling Specific Personal Memories20. Gerben J. Westerhof: "Green and Grey": an Educational Program to Enhance Contact Between Younger and Older Adults by Means of Lifestories21. Gerdienke M. Ubels: Implementation of Narrative Care in the Netherlands: Coordinating Management, Institutional, and Personal Narratives22. Marie-Elise van den Brandt: Asking the Right Questions: Enabling Dementing Persons to Speak for Themselves23. Daphne Noonan: The Ripple Effect: A Story of the Transformational Nature of Narrative CareAfterword24. Ernst Bohlmeijer, Gary Kenyon, William Randall: Towards a Narrative Turn in Health Care