ERIC Number: ED298386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
New Maps: Creating a Personal Plan for Aging.
Thompson, Penelope Barnes; Mullin, Virginia Speltz
This document provides a theory on successful aging and describes a workshop method devised to inspire middle-aged and older adults to meet and embrace the challenge of growing older. A five-stage model is proposed, based on the assumptions that aging adults need not be victims of the various scenarios of aging that exist in American culture and that they can carve out individualized maps or life designs which will be meaningful for them as they age. Testing of the Creating New Maps model in workshop and lecture formats is discussed and the five stages necessary for successful completion of the workshop are described: (1) aging and power; (2) awareness and expression of emotions; (3) reframing/neutralizing negative thinking; (4) human models/ordinary heroes and heroines; and (5) daring to dream. Based on the multiple dimensions of map-making, clinical, political, and spiritual implications for understanding and helping adults take more effective charge of their aging process are discussed. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging (34th, San Diego, CA, March 18-22, 1988).