Division of Psychology and Counseling
Growing numbers of gerontological settings have discovered that poetry is a readily accessible resource to prompt and enrich life review among groups of older adults. Participants can sample poems at their leisure, reflecting upon them and the memories they evoke from their own lives. Many older adults find poetry replete with images and themes that express the meaning of events and relationships that surface in their life review. References to these images and themes are especially helpful in easing the participation of introverted or troubled older adults.
Magee, J. J. (1988). Using Poetry as an Aid to Life Review. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging 12.1-2: 91-101. Print. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis LLC, (tandfonline.com).