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Division of Psychology and Counseling


Graduate School


This article presents a pilot project with physically impaired members of four reminiscence groups in an assisted living residence. The members had already attended literary discussion groups which primed them for the project. First, they selected authors or characters described as living "once removed from their body." Then, participants filled this space with a homonym term associated with their physical condition. Finally, they reflected on their conditions from the perspective of the other homonym term. Bemused detachment replaced obsessiveness about their health and eased the interaction and candidness among group members.



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