Images Created by Women Adjusting to Aging

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Tate, Sandra
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
This ethnographic research study was a pilot project to discover the types of images aging women might create to help them cope with their concerns regarding getting older. The six participants in this study were women over 55 without problems stemming from dementia, stroke or other debilitating chronic illnesses. Meeting for four weeks in a non-directive approach, the women used art to explore issues dealing with aging. Images produced were documented along with each individual’s comments regarding their image and their experience of art-making. Themes, media choices, color, and patterns were documented and catalogued. By recording these images, this study provides examples of imagery that art therapists might encounter in a wellness setting by this population.