Narrative gerontology

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The view that people can add value to their lives by creating and maintaining a personal narrative.[1] Narrative gerontology is consistent with theories of aging.[2]

Gerontological narratives are organized around a number of themes, such as time, story and wisdom.[3] Research suggests that the richer the story the more resilient the person.[4]


  1. ^ Kenyon, Gary; Ernst Bohlmeijer; William L. Randall (2010). Storying later life: Issues, investigations, and interventions in narrative gerontology. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  2. ^ Kenyan, Gary M.; Jan-Eric Ruth; Wilhelm Mader (1999). "Elements of a narrative gerontology". Handbook of theories of aging: 40. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  3. ^ Randall, William L.; Gary M. Kenyon (2004). "Time, story, and wisdom: Emerging themes in narrative gerontology". Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement. 23 (04): 333–346. doi:10.1353/cja.2005.0027. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  4. ^ Randall, William L. (2013). "The importance of being ironic: Narrative openness and personal resilience in later life". The Gerontologist. 53 (1): 9–16. doi:10.1093/geront/gns048. Retrieved 2014-03-05.