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"I conceive of life review as a naturally occurring, universal mental process characterized by the progressive return to consciousness of past experiences, and, particularly, the resurgence of unresolved conflicts; simultaneously, and normally, these revived experiences and conflicts can be surveyed and reintegrated."

Robert N. Butler, PhD (1963)


History of the Project

The UMSL Life Review Project was initiated in 2007 by then new Director of Gerontology, Dr. Tom Meuser, a clinical psychologist and aging specialist. Dr. Meuser teaches the graduate level course - Interviewing Older Adults & Life Review - during the Summer Semester (May-July). He also coordinates other LR-related activities, including the Gerontology Video Library.

View project description here.


Community Partners in Life Review:


Retirement Community, Our Lady of the Snows
Belleville, IL

Shepherd's Center
Glendale, MO

Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter
St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Naturally Occurring Retirement Community
St. Louis, MO