Balancing Past, Future Topics at UNK Aging Conference

In a lecture at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Reverend James Ellor of Baylor University presented his beliefs that story-telling is instrumental in aging.  Ellor finds that older adults who are proud of their past but content with their future are the happiest people, and that finding that contentment with the future lies in attaching meaning to one’s past.  By writing or telling their life story, older adults can see all that they encompass, that they are the sum total of a life time of experiences, and gain comfort in the idea their story teaches others. Comparing life stories to quilts, Ellor said, “When you know the meaning, the care that went into the blanket, then it becomes something worth looking at and cherishing.”

The Kearney Hub, October 1, 2011

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