Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A life review and Memory Album program to enhance family communication in assisted living
by Sydow, Kelly, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 128; 1490419
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to develop and pilot a life review and Memory Album course to promote communication among supportive family members and related elders residing in an assisted living environment. The Project Director developed lesson plans for three sessions of a life review and Memory Album course including information on changes with aging and effective communication skills. Five main themes emerged from the program evaluation: Effective, meaningful and improved communication techniques with support and guidance in completing a Memory Album; enhancement of the participant and elder relationship through meaningful communication; positive group support and comfort level; increased awareness and acceptance of the aging process; and Memory Album as incentive for family involvement.

As a result of the oral evaluation, a sub-theme emerged: improve participation with a wider recruitment base.

Recommendations were made for practice and further research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Barbara
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology
Publication Number: 1490419
ISBN: 9781124550336
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