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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)


Video Segments


A component of the UMSL Life Review Project is the Gerontology Video Library (GLV). The GLV was developed with funding support from a 2008 ITS Innovation Grant (past winners), and is now maintained as a resource by the Gerontology Graduate Program.

Older adults interviewed as part of the interviewing Older Adults & Life Review course are asked to give permission for their videotaped material to be part of the GLV. Clips on various aspects of aging are organized under topical headings and otherwise made available to enrich classroom instruction. The video files are streamed from a central server.

Instructors interested in using the clips merely insert hyperlinks within their slide presentations, or access the clips directly through Internet Explorer or other web browser. The GLV may be used by any faculty member teaching in the University of Missouri system. Those interested in using this resource should contact Project Coordinator, Dr. Tom Meuser meusert@umsl.edu.

Sample Clips:
Death & Afterlife
Life Review in a Couple - Dating in the late 1920's
What is Life Review? (lecture by Dr. Tom Meuser)

Enter Gerontology Video Library (authorized users only - password required).