Oral Life Review in Older Adults: Principles for the Social Service Professional



The opportunity to tell one’s life story, share personal wisdom, and leave a spoken legacy for the future can be a powerful intervention for the well-being of just about any older adult. Social service professionals hear many stories from older clients, yet few take the time to pursue these to the level of a life review. Facilitation of the life review process is not “rocket science” but there is an art to it and important ground rules to follow. This chapter reviews the theoretical basis for “life review in aging” and introduces key concepts for professionals interested in incorporating a “life review sensibility” into their daily practice with older clients.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gerontology Graduate ProgramUniversity of MissouriSt. LouisUSA

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