Jane Foulcher - Can “all things be new”? Ageing and creativity

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Jane Foulcher - Can “all things be new”? Ageing and creativity

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  • 1. Can “all things be new”? Ageing and creativity Rev’d Dr Jane Foulcher Centre for Ageing & Pastoral Studies Charles Sturt University
  • 2. Ageing as forward movement Personal setbacks • Loss of personal dignity • Loss of work • Loss of independence • Loss of time • Loss of object relations Potential Gains • Discovery of some positive adult dependencies • Redefining one’s own status • Discovering one’s own inner world • Relaxing of defences • Living in the present • (Re-)identification with youthful idealism • New freedom & opennessPruyser (1975)
  • 3. Creativity in ageing • Changing aspirations • Waning of rivalry • Discerning survivors • Greater interiority • Accumulation of experiences, recognition of ambiguities Pruyser (1987)
  • 4. Orthodox icons Icons are in colours what the Scriptures are in words: witnesses to the Incarnation, the fact that God has come among us as a person whom we can see, touch and hear, to offer us new life and begin the new creation (Council of Nicea, 787)