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Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)
Creative Arts Therapies
elderly, older persons, widowhood, bereavement, grief
This thesis explores the clinical value to the elderly population of combining reminiscence and dance. This five month collaboration between a recently widowed elderly female and a dance/movement therapy intern culminated in a 13 minute choreographed dance performance. Themes that emerged during this art-based study were her relationship with her husband, her role as his primary caregiver and her grief after his death. Eric Erikson identifies integrity vs. despair as the struggle or crisis to be grappled with in the last stage of human development, old age. This theoretical framework has been incorporated in this study.
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Gamby-Weideman, Cathy, "Reminiscence of an Elderly Woman: An Artistic Inquiry" (2010). Creative Arts Therapies Theses. Paper 21.