Telling the Stories of Life Through Guided Autobiography Groups

Birren has conducted more than twenty-five years of autobiography groups, where participants recall, write, and share their life stories.

Author: James E. Birren

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801866332

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

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Birren has conducted more than twenty-five years of autobiography groups, where participants recall, write, and share their life stories. He offers "how-to" tips for organizing, complementing, and understanding oral history works. He finds that the exercise is rewarding for adults entering periods of transitions, such as the elderly population, and encourages the sharing of experiences with others on the same journey.

Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults

gument can be made for enlisting the assistance of a knowledgeable guide to lead the process . Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults : Exploring the Fabric of Life shows the reader how to become such a leader .

Author: James E. Birren

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421400501

Category: Medical

Page: 160

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Based on the authors' fourteen years of experience leading groups in guided autobiography, this book will be of special interest to gerontologists, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals who conduct activity programs for older people.

Working with Older Adults Group Process and Technique

Summary This chapter has provided a brief guide to how effective guided autobiography groups can be conducted. Guided autobiography is an efficient way for older adults to review their lives by following a proven series of evocative ...

Author: Barbara Haight

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780763747701

Category: Medical

Page: 498

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First pioneered by Irene Burnside, Working with Older Adults: Group Process and Techniques is now in its Fourth Edition, with new editors and many new contributing authors. By combining interdisciplinary theory and practice, this book introduces students to group work theories, and explains how to modify general theory to meet the needs of older adults, including those who are contending with particular physical and cognitive disabilities. In easily accessible style, with numerous case studies in varying settings (hospitals, nursing homes, residential facilities, day centers, and home care), Working with Older Adults emphasizes group development, structure, process, and evaluating outcomes.

Ministering to Older Adults

Telling the stories of life through guided autobiography groups. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Birren, J. E., & Deutchman, D. E. (1991). Guiding autobiography groups for older adults. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University ...

Author: Donald Koepke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317994411

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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Learn how to focus your ministry’s programs and services on the elderly By 2030, 20% of the people living in the United States will be age 65 or older, with unique spiritual needs that can affect their physical and mental well-being. Ministering to Older Adults answers the critical need for a ministry that doesn’t center primarily on youth and families in its outreach, instead presenting a step-by-step guide to developing a ministry for the aged that is focused on the needs and resources of each congregation. This program has been used effectively with nearly 50 congregations, both large and small, to create a focused older adult ministry. No two congregations are alike. The resources, perspectives, and skills of each congregation are different, as are the needs of its members. Ministering to Older Adults provides a framework for use by planning groups within communities of any religious tradition. The book presents a process that includes essential questions that allow planning groups to develop answers that fit the needs, cultural, history, and structure of their individual congregations. Ministering to Older Adults is divided into three sections: “The Fundamentals”—defining your audience, your mission, and the skills and existing programs that can be brought to the planning process “Programming Possibilities”—spiritual needs based on the aging process, continued learning for older adults, opportunities to serve and be served, providing quality pastoral care, and community building “Putting it All Together”—deciding on a direction, using desired outcomes for evaluation, establishing target dates, and ongoing evaluation Ministering to Older Adults also includes forms and charts to help in the planning process. The book is an invaluable resource for clergy, ministry committees and planning groups, and staff persons responsible for older adult ministries.

The Human Quest for Meaning

The question of whether guided autobiography could enhance awareness ofthe selfwas first explored by Reedy and ... A small sample of eight older adults, average age 68 years, took part in 10 guided autobiography group sessions for 1.5 ...

Author: Paul T. P. Wong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136508103

Category: Psychology

Page: 768

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The first edition of The Human Quest for Meaning was a major publication on the empirical research of meaning in life and its vital role in well-being, resilience, and psychotherapy. This new edition continues that quest and seeks to answer the questions, what is the meaning of life? How do we explain what constitutes meaningful relationships, work, and living? The answers, as the eminent scholars and practitioners who contributed to this text find, are neither simple nor straightforward. While seeking to clarify subjective vs. objective meaning in 21 new and 7 revised chapters, the authors also address the differences in cultural contexts, and identify 8 different sources of meaning, as well as at least 6 different stages in the process of the search for meaning. They also address different perspectives, including positive psychology, self-determination, integrative, narrative, and relational perspectives, to ensure that readers obtain the most thorough information possible. Mental health practitioners will find the numerous meaning-centered interventions, such as the PURE and ABCDE methods, highly useful in their own work with facilitating healing and personal growth in their clients. The Human Quest for Meaning represents a bold new vision for the future of meaning-oriented research and applications. No one seeking to truly understand the human condition should be without it.

Religion Spirituality and Aging

A useful earlier guide by Birren and Deutchman is entitled Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults ( I991). 4. In 1975 Ira Progoff published a manual/guide book on how to use the Intensive Journal.

Author: Harry R Moody

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136424991

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 364

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Learn how to make a more positive impact with your social work with the aged Religion is an important coping mechanism for many aging adults. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging: A Social Work Perspective presents the latest research that shows how religion and spirituality can improve quality of life for elders. Respected social work researchers and scholars provide insight and practical methods for fostering positive aging while also considering how spirituality and religion can affect practitioners themselves. The full range of advantages and ethical implications are discussed in clear detail from a social work viewpoint. Case studies plainly illustrate the positive impact that the inclusion of spirituality and religion in an aging person’s life may have on their physical and mental welfare. Organized social work in the early twentieth century actively tried to distance itself from its roots as a form of religious charity in favor of becoming a scientific and professional endeavor. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging once again bridges the gap between social work and spiritual matters by presenting penetrating articles that discusses the issues of the aging soul while examining ways to improve care. Creative strategies are offered to contribute to the spiritual side of aging while considering every implication and ethical question. The compilation is extensively referenced and includes helpful figures and tables to clearly illustrate data and ideas. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging discusses: the latest social work trends and attitudes toward spirituality prayer, meditation, and acts of altruism as interventions an empirical study of how social workers use religion and spirituality as an intervention ethical considerations and best practices religion and spirituality during long-term care the “Postcards to God” project dreams and their relationship to the search for meaning in later life a spiritual approach to positive aging through autobiography dementia and spirituality creating new rituals for sacred aging spiritual master Henri Nouwen’s principles of aging—and his approaches to caring for older people an interview study on elders’ spirituality and the changes manifested in their views of religion Religion, Spirituality, and Aging is a remarkable reminder that elders are our future selves. This erudite, well-reasoned examination of aging and spirituality from a social work perspective is crucial reading for social workers, human service professionals who work with the aged, and gerontology scholars.

Aging Spirituality and Religion

Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults : Exploring the Fabric of Life . The Johns Hopkins Series in Contemporary Medicine and Public Health . Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press . Birren , J. E. , and K. Cochran ( 2001 ) .

Author: Melvin Kimble

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 0800632737

Category: Religion

Page: 479

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Volume II picks up where Volume I left off--with practical advice and tools for ministry with the aging in a variety of settings. Gerontological and theological perspectives undergird the practical guidance and a final section treats of the unique ethical issues involved in ministry with the aging.

Counseling Older Adults

In a similar vein, through sharing stories, guided autobiography can help participants further understand the role that the ... Common guided autobiography group goals are meeting other group members, sharing the stories of one's life, ...

Author: John Blando

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135854096

Category: Psychology

Page: 442

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Counseling older adults is not equivalent to counseling the general population, and specialized skills and knowledge, as well as sensitivity to the contexts in which older adults live, are essential in working successfully with this population. This text provides an introduction to gerontological counseling, integrating the basic skills of working with older adults with theories of counseling and aging. Specific counseling issues discussed include mental health counseling, career counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and family counseling. Along with these, important contextual factors such as race/culture, social class, social justice, spirituality, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and family issues are considered in light of the latest research. Each chapter contains case studies, discussion questions, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading to reinforce the material presented.

Group Work and Aging

Group work with the elderly: An annotated bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood. Birren, J., & Deutchman, D. (1991). Guiding autobiography groups for older adults: Exploring the fabric of everyday life. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins.

Author: Roberta K Graziano

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135429669

Category: Medical

Page: 284

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Get a wealth of information about the theory and practice of social work with older adults, their families, and their caregivers! Although there is a considerable amount of writing on both group work and social work with the elderly, there is surprisingly little about applying this practice method to this specific age group. Group Work and Aging: Issues in Practice, Research, and Education fills this gap by presenting penetrating articles about a mutual aid approach to working with diverse groups of older adults with varied needs. Respected experts and gifted researchers provide case studies, practice examples, and explanation of theory to illustrate this practice method with aging adults, their families, and their caregivers. Group Work and Aging: Issues in Practice, Research, and Education discusses in-depth information on group work with gay and lesbian elders, caregivers, elders with Alzheimer’s disease, service providers, special populations such as Vietnamese and Latino/a elders, and provides information on the use of expressive therapies like art, drama, and dance. Each well-referenced chapter presents high quality, up-to-date social group work practice strategies to prepare practitioners for the needs of the growing population of elderly in the near future. Group Work and Aging: Issues in Practice, Research, and Education discusses: the adaptation of group work practice approaches when working with older group members the use of a Record of Service as an analytical tool in group work with aging lesbians a chronicle of a student’s field placement at a drop-in center for homeless senior citizens the sociocultural reality of the Asian immigrant elderly residential substance abuse treatment for older adults mutual aid groups for older persons with mental illness the relationship between caregiver support groups and the marker framework of family caregiving telephone caregiver support groups group work interventions with elderly parents of adults with severe mental illness a program for the development and implementation of an intergenerational singing group support groups as an effective therapy at end-of-life the use of a mutual aid group with home attendants and much more! Group Work and Aging: Issues in Practice, Research, and Education reveals the latest examples of good group work practice with aging adults and their support systems, perfect for practitioners, educators, and anyone interested in and/or work with older adults.

Pastoral Care in a Korean American Context

James E. Birren and Donna E. Deutchman, Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults: Exploring the Fabric of Life, Johns Hopkins Series in Contemporary Medicine and Public Health (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), 14.

Author: Angella Son

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030485757

Category: Social Science

Page: 154

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This book provides theoretical background and pastoral strategies for pastors, lay leaders, and congregation members to foster a restoration of the human dignity imputed by God and the good community God desires. It addresses issues in pastoral care and pays particular attention to Korean and Korean American contexts. Some of the specific issues addressed include wisdom for common life (Chung Yong) as a theological and pastoral task, tension between Confucianism and feminism, care of the abused and abusers in intimate violence, ageism and elderly care, racism and cultural identity of Korean youth, sexual ethics among Korean young adults, and depression and addiction among Korean American youth and young adults. All of the contributors have a strong background in clinical and/or pastoral practices in addition to theoretical expertise.

Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults

A Guide to the Use and Development of Community-Based Programs PAULA HARTMAN-STEIN, Asenath LaRue ... The gerontologist, James E. Birren, has conducted guided autobiographical writing group programs for older adults for more than 3 ...


Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1441906363

Category: Medical

Page: 499

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Late life is characterized by great diversity in memory and other cognitive functions. Although a substantial proportion of older adults suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, a majority retain a high level of cognitive skills throughout the life span. Identifying factors that sustain and enhance cognitive well-being is a growing area of original and translational research. In 2009, there are as many as 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that figure is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. One in six women and one in 10 men who live to be at least age 55 will develop Alzheimer’s disease in their remaining lifetime. Approximately 10 million of the 78 million baby boomers who were alive in 2008 can expect to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Seventy percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, cared for by family and friends. In 2008, 9.8 million family members, friends, and neighbors provided unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid for care of people with Alzheimer’s disease amount to more than $148 billion annually (from Alzheimer’s Association, 2008 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures). This book will highlight the research foundations behind brain fitness interventions as well as showcase innovative community-based programs to maintain and promote mental fitness and intervene with adults with cognitive impairment. The emphasis is on illustrating the nuts and bolts of setting up and utilizing cognitive health programs in the community, not just the laboratory.

The short guide to aging and gerontology

Charlotte Linde (1993) describes life stories as the stories people tell about themselves. ... 2007), to guided autobiography (De Vries, Birren, & Deutchman, 1990; Birren & Cochran, 2001), to writing groups for older adults (Ray, 2000; ...

Author: de Medeiros, Kate

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781447328391

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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As the field of aging and gerontology grows worldwide, this exciting guide introduces students to key issues and concepts. It covers topics related to the phenomena of advancing aging, including how older age has been defined historically, cultural myths related to advanced age, health and function in later life, how older age is financed throughout the world, and other key questions. Taking a multiple-perspective approach (including humanities, social and behavioral sciences and policy studies), the book's features include further reading for each chapter, a glossary of key terms, and tables that provide easy reference points.

Health Promotion and Aging

Telling the stories of life through guided autobiography groups . Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press . Birren , J. , & Deutchman , D. ( 1991 ) . Guiding autobiography groups for older adults .

Author: David Haber

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826184626

Category: Medical

Page: 483

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Focusing on research findings and practical applications, the author, in this new edition, continues to stress the importance of collaboration and communication between health professionals and their clients. The book is based on the premise that health professionals should be health educators.

Psychotherapy for Depression in Older Adults

Group cognitive therapy and alprazolam in the treatment of depression in older adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55 , 550—556. Birren, E., & Deutchman, D. E. (1991). Guiding autobiography groups for older adults.

Author: Sara Honn Qualls

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470054482

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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The first book in the new Wiley Series on Geropsychology, Psychotherapy for Depression in Older Adults is a practical resource created by a team of international luminaries in the field. Developed in conjunction with the Gerontology Center of the University of Colorado, this expert guide provides evidence-based treatment approaches for alleviating depression in older adults.

Reminiscence and Life Story Work

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Birren, J.E. and Deutchman, D. (2005) 'Guided Autobiography Groups.' In B.K. Haight and F. Gibson (eds) Burnside's Working with Older People: Group Process and Techniques.

Author: Faith Gibson

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857003380

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

View: 516


Reminiscence is a valuable tool for the professional carer as well as those who are looking after a family member or friend. It enhances and enriches the care relationship, and benefits both the person being cared for and the carer. This fully-updated fourth edition is full of practical information on planning and running successful reminiscence work. It will enable carers and health and social care practitioners to develop the attitude, knowledge, understanding, values and skills they need to use reminiscence with people of all ages, either individually or in groups, and in residential or community settings. Topics covered include reminiscence with individuals and couples, inter-generational reminiscence, reminiscence with individuals from minority ethnic groups and reminiscence with people with sensory and learning disabilities, dementia, depression and terminal illness. This book is the ideal starting point for any professional taking up reminiscence work, as well as for those who wish to deepen their knowledge and increase their ability to help those they care for in less formal ways.

Ebersole Hess Toward Healthy Aging E Book

Birren JE, Deutchman DE: Guiding autobiography groups for older adults: exploring the fabric of life, Baltimore, 1991, Johns Hopkins University Press. Burnside IM: Group work with older persons, J Gerontol Nurs 20:43, 1994.

Author: Theris A. Touhy

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 9780323597906

Category: Medical

Page: 536

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Ensure you thoroughly understand the intricate details of providing effective care for adults as they age. Ebersole & Hess’ Toward Healthy Aging, 10th Edition is the only comprehensive gerontological nursing text that effectively communicates how to provide holistic care, promote healthy lives, and address end-of-life issues and concerns. Grounded in the core competencies recommended by the AACN in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, the tenth edition has been extensively revised and updated with shorter, more streamlined chapters and pedagogical features to facilitate learning. It covers the areas of safety and ethical considerations, genetics, communication with the patient and caregiver, promoting health in persons with conditions commonly occurring in later-life world-wide addressing loss and palliative care and much more. Special sections provide an honest look at the universal experience of aging and the nurse’s role in the reduction of health disparities and inequities as a member of the global community. Plus, it contains a variety of new learning features that focus on applying research and thinking critically in when providing care to aging adults across the care continuum.

Group Leadership Skills for Nurses Health Professionals Fifth Edition

GUIDED AUTOBIOGRAPHY WITH OLDER ADULTS In his work with older adult groups , Wacks ( 1989 ) combined reminiscence , life review , Progoff's intensive journal work , guided imagery , and other transpersonal techniques with Hateley's ...

Author: Carolyn Chambers Clark EdD, ARNP,FAAN

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826123341

Category: Medical

Page: 376

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Designated a Doody's Core Title! "This book provides a comprehensive and insightful overview of group leadership skills, applicable to both therapeutic and work-related groups, alike." Elizabeth McCay, RN, PD Ryerson University "[A] masterful guide that teaches us to gain the most from each group setting. Whether we are in our private practice or involved in a committee, this work gives us an excellent format to follow." William S. Bezmen, PhD, RN, CS Director, Pathways to Health, Holistic Treatment and Education Center "This is an excellent guide for key principles of leadership in managing group dynamics. Each chapter is well designed and supported with prominent research in the area which supports the theory development with current and historical evidence." Score: 97, 5 stars --Doody's Group Leadership Skills provides a solid foundation for using group concepts, theory, and research with a wide variety of groups and group settings. With this book, nurses and health professionals will learn the essential group process skills, including differentiating content from process, working with tension and anxiety, and enhancing cohesiveness. Clark presents practical strategies to improve the effectiveness of group leaders, such as helping groups solve problems and build teams. This edition is now newly expanded to apply to a diverse collection of groups. The strategies and techniques can be used with students, families, staff, codependency groups, depression groups, rape and sexual abuse groups, domestic violence groups, and many more. Key Features: Contains practical strategies for group leaders including conflict resolution, suggested ice-breakers, and discussion questions Includes new "Exercise Simulations" for many chapters, including chapters on working with older adults, focus groups, organizations, and communities Includes new feature, "Clinical Leader Challenges," which asks learners to apply theory and concepts to group situations

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging 3 Volume Set

... Life Story; Meaning of Life; Narrative Gerontology; Psychotherapy and Behavioral Health Interventions for Older Adults; Reminiscence References Birren, J. E., & Deutchman, D. E. (1991). Guided autobiography groups for older adults.

Author: Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118528921

Category: Psychology

Page: 1536

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Available online or as a 3–volume print set, this authoritative reference work contains more than 300 entries covering all aspects of the multi–disciplinary field of adult development and aging. Brings together concise, accurate summaries of classic topics as well as the most recent thinking and research in new areas Covers a broad range of issues, from biological and physiological changes in the body to changes in cognition, personality, and social roles to applied areas such as psychotherapy, long–term care, and end–of–life issues Includes contributions from major researchers, theorists, and methodologists from the academic and clinical realms A state–of–the art reference work that is as essential for experts in the field as for students in the social sciences and humanities coming to the subject for the first time

Gerontological Nursing

Telling the stories oflife through guided autobiography groups. Baltimore, MD: Iohns Hopkins University Press. Birren, I., 8: Deutchman, D. (1991). Guiding autobiography groupsfor older adults. Baltimore, MD: Iohns Hopkins University ...

Author: Kristen L. Mauk

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 9781449694647

Category: Medical

Page: 1062

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Important Notice: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images or content found in the physical edition. Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care, Second Edition is a comprehensive and student-accessible text that offers a holistic and inter-disciplinary approach to caring for the elderly. The framework for the text is built around the Core Competencies set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing. Building upon their knowledge in prior medical surgical courses, this text gives students the skills and theory needed to provide outstanding care for the growing elderly population. This innovative text is the first of its kind to have over 40 contributing authors from many different disciplines. Some of the key features of the text include chapter outlines, learning objectives, discussion questions, personal reflection boxes, case studies and more!