Elders' life stories: Impact on the next generation of health professionals

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The purpose of this study was to pilot an enhanced version of the "Share your Life Story" life review writing workshop. The enhanced version included the addition of an intergenerational exchange, based on the content of seniors' writings, with students planning careers in the health sciences. The researcher employed a mixed methods design. Preliminary results using descriptive analysis revealed an increase in positive images of aging and a decrease in negative images of aging among the five student participants. Qualitative results revealed six themes that illuminate the hows and whys of the quantitative results as well as additional program benefits. Feedback from students and seniors helped to refine the intergenerational protocol for a larger scale study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number493728
JournalCurrent Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Volume2013
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StatePublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • older adults
  • elders
  • geriatrics
  • life stories
  • health professionals
  • impact on health
  • next generation
  • writing workshop
  • elderly populations

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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