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ERIC Number: ED235455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Gerontology and Genealogy: Family Research as a Therapeutic Tool for the Aged.
Greenberg, Naomi Schubin
Participation in genealogy projects can be beneficial to older adults. Such projects combine reminiscing about family histories with the creation of a product which can be shared with relatives. The result is improved self-esteem and a feeling of accomplishment. Genealogy projects can also provide a means by which younger people can interact with and learn about older adults by helping them with research or by undertaking class projects in gerontology classes. For community-based older adults, these projects can be a part-time interest or a full-time occupation. For institutionalized older adults, they can be a goal-oriented therapeutic activity. Single session projects include using faces cut from magazines to create a family tree, mobile, or chart and making cloth dolls which resemble family members. Longer projects include: (1) moral wills; (2) family charts; (3) albums and booklets; (4) oral histories; (5) joint interviews; (6) collections of family documents; and (7) newsletters. Useful resources are libraries, genealogy societies, and reunions. (DC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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