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Psychiatry Investigation 2005;2(1):8-13.
Writing A New Story
Ho Young Lee

Categorical approach to define elderly by age may fall into ageism, for the boundaries of ageing have changed because of longevity. Medical doctors have a slanted view on ageing because of inevitable degenerative biological processes it connotes. However, old age should be understood in developmental perspectives; a proactive and maturing processes with creative potentials. Old age is an active developmental process for fuller and more matured conditions despite psychological losses and obstacles due to physical weakening. The life of an old age can be creative with significant self-transformation and meaning-making process. Everyday can be a challenge for them to change "self" upsetting old rules and beliefs, and to make meanings to new ideas and patterns. They could welcome new experiences in which hidden capabilities are found. This challenge against risks and for openness to new experiences lead life of an old age to be creative. Creativity sets off old people in advantage. Thus they could begin a new life, writing a new story and to become the author of the story.

Key words   Old age;Creativity;Ageism.
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