Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.
More than participants between the ages of 59 and 95 have received training in writing poetry, narratives, short stories and talks. Through its courses the project has given many older people living at home and in institutions a new and positive experience, producing in the process a number of excellent texts.
The project arose from the surprising realisation that there was no pedagogic initiative directed at the elderly in the community.
Why does society fail to make use of the resources, experience and talents possessed by the older generation? Care of the aged and communal services for the elderly are generally restricted to their physical needs, but surely they have other needs which deserve attention. We have no wish to criticise the health personnel who do an excellent job taking care of old people, but there is no denying that they have been trained to concentrate on problems, on symptoms, on the illnesses of the aged and to do their best to cure them.
They do not necessarily see the underlying causes. In addition to tackling physical problems, there is a need to foster talent and to encourage potential.
Our special interest in old people and literature made us wish to stimulate their creative powers. But why should elderly people do this at all? On the basis of reason alone, it is perhaps not necessary in order to live, but it increases our awareness of the fact that we are indeed alive.
The poet, Helge Torvund, has the following to say: Poetry does more than reinforce our happiness at being alive. It can also liberate us. Many philosophers have pointed out the strong link between language and thought. They are inextricably bound together.
Using everyday words to describe something important in our lives may often prove difficult, whereas the language of poetry offers an alternative means of expression.
The story ends with the following words: The two children were asleep, tired after a busy day. The wind had dropped, the fjord lay dark and calm. There was no running water in the house and I went out to the well.
I heard slow, hesitant steps coming along the path and the shadow of a man approached. I was frightened and put down the bucket, wondering who it could possibly be. I stood quite still as he came nearer. It was late but he had waited to make sure that the children were asleep.
I was paralysed, unable to move.
He took me by the arm and led me back into the house. It was difficult for me to realise what this meant for me and my sons. They had lost their father. That day changed my life for ever. I doubt the effect would have been the same, if we had asked Jenny to speak about her life.
Instead Jenny had been set a concrete task to write about one particular day and she had sat down and chosen to describe the day she lost her husband. The scene is clear before us.
We experience the enormous contrast of the idyllic opening with what is to come. We are aware of small omens in the text echoed in the descriptions of nature. Poetic language presents the world in a different and perhaps more direct way than other means of expression.
Kari, a participant on the writing course in Bergen, tells us that after starting the course she became more aware of details around here, insignificant things previously unnoticed but now material for poetry.
Poetry is not necessarily strong emotions and beautiful sunsets. Poetry can also praise the small moments of everyday life. Sitting in her flat one grey, autumn day Kari wrote the following poem entitled An everyday view.Feb 13, · Table 1 shows that a major fraction of the population was in the age group of years old, while a small fraction (%) were 80 years old or older.
Males and females formed an almost equal proportion of the study sample. 1. In our book it states that ageism is the tendency to categorize and judge people solely on the basis of their chronological age.
Ageism is like racism and sexism. The book also states that elderspeak is a condescending way to speak to older adults that resembles baby talk. The younger generation has .
Ageism is a form of discrimination that can, eventually, affect anyone. It is estimated that by the year , one in five Americans will be 65 years old or older (Butler, , p.
4). The Pew. A major reason is that older workers are now better educated compared with prime-age workers than was the case in the past. In the past the gap in education between prime-age workers and older. Nursing Staff’ Attitudes towards the Elderly Introduction With the many health degeneration identified among elderly, it has been a challenge for most health practitioners to maintain their best attitude and professionalism at most times.
The Elderly individuals face problems like Ageism. The older society is not given the same options in treatment as the younger society. The Elderly who battle cancer do not receive chemotherapy like the younger generation.
Some people believe that doctors are genuinely worried about their patients.