Reminiscence Through Collage: Elders newly Transitioning into an Assisted Living Community
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
John Lemmon, PhD
Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC
Carol Johnson, MA, LMFT, ATR
The intent of this thesis grant proposal is to secure funding for reminiscence based art therapy group for elders facing a major life transition. The goal is the integration of therapeutic art therapy services, as an integral part of coming to terms with ones circumstances at a particular stage of life, elder hood. Art therapy group sessions will provide elders with a creative and supportive environment that they are able to reflect back on various stages of their lives. This emotional expression will help make meaning during a time of major transition. In addition, the goal of this grant proposal is to assess and improve elders' sense of life satisfaction, as well as developing an increase of socialization within a new community. These issues will be addressed by using the therapeutic, creative process of art making, focusing on reminiscence of various stages of life. This paper presents the current increases of our elder population, internal issues that may be faced, and the analysis of the efficacy and value of a reminiscence based art therapy program during a time of a major life transition.
Kanclerowicz, Kelly, "Reminiscence Through Collage: Elders newly Transitioning into an Assisted Living Community" (2013). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 228.