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Can a performance raise awareness about aging and autonomy?

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Can a performance raise awareness about aging and autonomy?

McLean, Cheryl L (2004) Can a performance raise awareness about aging and autonomy? Other thesis, Concordia University.

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The problem of lack of autonomy for older persons can lead to depression and seriously compromise mental health. Equitable services for older persons in supportive living institutions, including preventative mental health therapies, could improve quality of life, yet health care funding is limited and many continue to suffer. This research inquiry reports on a therapist's process as she worked directly with older persons in the field recording lived experience past and present in the context of the resident environment. These experiences were reconstructed to create a solo performance to raise awareness about aging, autonomy and mental health. Research was also conducted at The Rene Cassin Institute of Social Gerontology, Montreal, with clinicians and social workers to determine if the performance raised awareness about client autonomy related to mental health. The results of the inquiry are discussed in this report as well as applications for others in the creative arts therapies.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:McLean, Cheryl L
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:v, 28 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art Education and Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Silverman, Yehudit
ID Code:7968
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:11
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:11
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