" A]s recently as fifty years ago people believed that
reminiscing was a sign of senility....Today, along with a greater
understanding of the significance of reminiscence we have seen the
rising popularity of private memoirs in various forms, from oral
histories by universities to audio and videotapes for family
archives. John A. Kunz and Florence Gray Soltys have made a major
contribution to the field by providing a framework for individuals
and groups engaged in this enriching and important work."
--Robert N. Butler, MD
Finally, a book that takes a "big picture" look at the
complexities of using life story work with older adults. Using the
life story matrix as a framework, the authors and their
contributors cover the complexities of reminiscence and life
review, techniques and advice for making a personal story public,
and the delicate balance of when to focus on content and when the
process of telling one's life story can be therapeutic or
"Transformational Reminiscence" teaches the reader how to use
the full spectrum of life story approaches to enhance quality of
life for older adults, ameliorate social and psychological
problems, and intervene if they occur. Practical applications,
anecdotes, exercises that help clarify the experiential side of the
content, and helpful suggestions enhance each chapter and ensure a
safe and ethical application of this technique. This book is a must
read for anyone who uses a life story approach in his or her work
with older adults or is teaching or supervising others in doing
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