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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)


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The UMSL Life Review Project sponsors various courses and other LR-related learning activities.


Narrative Gerontology & Medicine: Harnessing Personal Stories to Enhance Elder Care


August 6, 2010

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Interviewing Older Adults & Life Review (Geron 6130)

Instructor: Tom Meuser, PhD

This course combines training in interviewing techniques with video production. Students will learn how to conduct life review interviews with older adults, and then take these skills into the community by interviewing older adults living in various settings. Students will learn how to use a digital video camera and edit video clips on the computer. Student-conducted interviews will be viewed by the instructor and classmates, issues associated with aging will be discussed, and constructive feedback provided. Some of the video clips developed in the course will become part of an educational video clip library in support of Gerontology education through UMSL.

This course will be offered again in Fall 2011. Those interested in taking this course at other times may speak with Dr. Meuser about a Directed Study in Life Review. Students may also enroll in a special practicum experience in this area.