By Martin S. Lindauer

Aging, Creativity and paintings: a favorable standpoint on Late-LifeDevelopment explores the strengths and possibilities of previous age as those are manifested through the accomplishments of getting older artists, past due creative works, and aged arts audiences. The publication attracts on scholarship within the humanities, basically in artwork background; examines regularly work and painters, either historic and modern; experiences empirical study on creativity and cognition, predominantly from psychology and gerontology; and offers the author's unique reviews, together with surveys of paintings historians, questionnaires accomplished by means of getting older artists and humanities audiences, and experiments concerning judgments of paintings by way of laypersons. The study offered in Aging,Creativity and paintings: a favorable point of view on Late-Life Development means that creativity keeps into the later years; higher-order psychological skills concerning creativity, like mind's eye and problem-solving, persist till overdue in existence; and the elderly's actual, sensory, psychological, and interpersonal talents can be more advantageous through engagement with the humanities. This paintings interrelates the disciplines of technology, the arts, and the humanities to shape a synthesis that builds at the strengths of the tools of quantification of technology; the emphasis at the person within the humanities; and the expressive and intuitive modes of conversation within the arts. Aging, Creativity and artwork: a favorable standpoint onLate-Life Development severely examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive improvement, and gerontology, and may be of curiosity to quite a lot of pros and scholars in those fields.

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Sun derland, Traylor, & Peter Smith Associat es, 1976-77, from an unnum bered page in th e Preface) The conference was attended by over 200 leaders from arts and aging agencies in 31 states , the District of Columbia, and Canada. They presented 130 reports on a variety of topics related to the aged : in creasing access to the arts; building an arts/aging alliance; expanding cultural services, including museum visits; intergenerational differences in arts audience; reaching the institutionalized old; and papers on specific areas of the arts (theater, art, music , and the visual arts) in relation to the aged .

Songs. proverbs. social mores. and legal codes [as well as] medical etiologies and therapies, novels. ethnic stereotypes. " Art and literature in particular hold a special place in aging studies. Achenbaum maintained, because they "describe and explain continuities and changes in the meanings and experiences of being old and growing older [and] the universals of aging across places and over time ... that reflect differences in race. class. or gender and ... the nature and dynamics ... of ideas about age and aging" (p.

Literature therefore supplements and enriches abstract conclusions based on tests and other quantitative measures, and the ordinary materials and artificial conditions of the laboratory. Gerontologists, though, have only recently become interested in literary works on aging , which Wyatt-Brown (1993) calls "Literary 26 Chapter 2 gerontology" (p. 3). Literature, she claimed, adds a welcome positive outlook to aging that balances more negative positions on old age. Achenbaum (1989) agreed, and considers literature a vital part of "humanistic gerontology" for generating "a portrait of aging in a cultural and historical perspective" (p.

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