ERIC Number: EJ1022000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
The Importance of Object Memories for Older Adults
Phenice, Lillian A.; Griffore, Robert J.
Educational Gerontology, v39 n10 p741-749 2013
The memories of treasured objects are essential in giving life meaning. In the process of development in later adulthood, most changes involve significant loss including loss of physical and mental ability, loss of family and friends, and loss of possessions. Objects and their associated memories are especially important in maintaining an internal working model of self. This study explores the roles and functions of object memories in the lives of elders in a residential home. An interview process is used to examine the functions and memories of objects for elderly men and women. These objects and memories became the means of communicating the substance, meaning, and justification of a life history. Good long-term care facilities are places where the elderly are respected and allowed and encouraged to have personal items.
Descriptors: Physical Mobility, Cognitive Ability, Older Adults, Memory, Friendship, Family (Sociological Unit), Interviews, Residential Care, Ownership, Ethnography
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