Writers Have No Age: Creative Writing with Older Adults. Coberly L, McCormick M, Updike K, New York, The Haworth Press Ine, 1984, 128 pages, hardcover $22.95, softcover $14.95.
The authors have succeeded in putting together a useful reference for those concerned with stimulating interest in writing among persons 60 years of age and older. The content contains detailed lesson plans with outlines that include in-class exercises, resources, and home assignments. Information on how to provide a suitable environment for older adult participants is also included.
Photographs of members of the writing classes and examples of their work enhance the readability of the book. Most of all, respect of the authors for older adults comes through in this remarkable text; this book helps dispel the myth that older persons lack creative ability and cannot learn.
Writers planning workshops on writing or writing classes for older adults will find this book an invaluable reference. Activity directors in nursing homes or others intent on helping older persons develop or maintain their writing skills will find many useful ideas in this book.
Older persons themselves may find the book interesting and a source of inspiration as they seek to express their ideas in writing. Educators in gerontological nursing will find the book helpful as they seek to teach nursing students how to meet some of the psychosocial needs of older adults.