This paper details the protocol for an intergenerational reminiscence activity designed to promote the capacity of older people living in a long-term aged care facility (LTC). The activity focuses on the development of shared memories of youth through weekly interactions with adolescents. This will culminate in a ‘paper tapestry’ of images and stories around the theme ‘remembering youth’, co-created by the researchers, and older and younger participants. It will be of significant social value and can be exhibited locally and in regional areas. Using a creative activity to elicit and express the perspectives of older people builds on the successful work of Goopy (Goopy and Lloyd 2006; Goopy, Lloyd and Blakely 2007; Goopy and Howard 2008). The impact of the intervention will be evaluated through quantitative measures – pre/post measures of depression, loneliness and worth, and quality of life – and qualitative tools – interviews, focus groups, observations, photographs, audio-recordings, and artifacts (papers, documents and video). The project is significant as it focuses on capacity building and productive ageing for those often mistaken as being unproductive by virtue of their age (NSA 2008). It highlights the capacities of and the value that older people can add to the social and cultural development of younger generations by drawing on key strengths of our elders – memory, story telling and experience. It will also refine a model that can be rolled out in other RACFs and similar organisations.
|Keywords:||Remembering, Youth, Memory, Experience, Paper Tapestry|
Senior Lecturer, Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Research Fellow, Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia