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Title: Creativity in later life : possibilities for personal empowerment
Other Titles: Creativity, lifelong learning and the ageing population
Authors: Formosa, Marvin
Keywords: Adult learning
Older people -- Education
Continuing education
Self-esteem in old age
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Jamtli Förlag
Citation: Creativity, lifelong learning and the ageing population. Ostersund, Sweden: Jamtli Förla, 2013. p. 78-91. 9789179482466
Abstract: This chapter examines the relationship between creative pursuits in later life and personal empowerment. Unfortunately, the relationship between creativity and ageing remains to this very day highly vague and ill-defined. Society tends to have a negative view of ageing, believing that old age brings a decline in adults’ intelligence, and hence, less ability to provide an original solution to a problem or challenge at hand. As a result, research on creativity has generally focused on relatively younger cohorts rather than adults who are in the latter stages of the life course. Moreover, the centre of attention has been largely on the relationship of creativity to intelligence, rather upon the possible linkages between creativity and empowerment. To achieve its goal, this presentation reports upon reminiscence sessions conducted with older adults in Malta in July 2012. Although reminiscence is not typically considered a creative activity, it actually entails cognitive and emotional processes involved in the conception of meaningful solutions to past problems. Research findings demonstrate clearly that creative engagement in later life leads to improved levels of personal empowerment. First, by bringing about changes that enhance more positive attitudes toward life, better problem-solving skills, and greater emotional control (intrapersonal empowerment). And secondly, by stimulating changes in attitudes and skills related to interacting with other people, such as appreciation of other people’s merits, willingness to seek help from others, and eagerness to care for others (interpersonal empowerment).
ISBN: 9.78918E+12
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