Memory, Art, and Aging: Life Stories and the Expressive Lives of Elders

FOLK-F 370 — Fall 2019 — Themester

Days and Times
2:30-3:45 P.M. TR
Course Description

Much attention is given to memory loss in later life, but old age is also a time for remembering. Life review, a universal human process, helps older adults make sense of their lives and connect with others, but acts of remembrance are also an exercise in forgetting. We purge unnecessary data and unpleasant elements from our stories, distilling them to their meaningful components. This class explores the creative ways that elders recall, organize, revise, and share their life stories.

Instructor: Jon Kay