MAPPING MEMORIES - Reminiscence with Ethnic Minority Elders features the lives of 24 elders who originate from the Caribbean, Africa, India and China.
Researcher Meena Khatwa spent a year interviewing people for the book and she says: We heard the same concerns from the older people. Why do you want to interview me? My life isnt interesting. Who would want to hear my stories?
But, as she got to know the people, she says: There was a genuine sense of contentment, excitement and at times feeling of sorrow in what was being revealed.
The idea of the book is to offer workers creative ideas for ways to encourage older people to open up and talk about their past and exchange experiences with young people.
But, apart from that, it is a compelling document in which the interviewees btalk about their lives in six distinct chapters:
· Childhood, home and family
Every section is followed by details of creative activities that can be followed by older people."
Lavishly illustrated with over 150 photographs and illustrations in an imaginatively designed 206-page format, the book also includes a CD- ROM with two films: Life Portraits, which features interviews in their own homes with elders, and Long Ago and Far Away, which shows creative approaches to reminiscence with ethnic elders.
Alex Kalache, Chief of Ageing at the World Health Organisation, says
in his foreword to the new book: Mapping Memories opens
a window onto the lives of ethnic minority elders in Britain. It reminds
us what a rich asset Britain has with this cultural patchwork. Migration
was a vibrant reality of the second half of the last century and will
continue to be a driving force
If you want to purchase a copy for your organisation/library, please contact Age Exchange on 020 8318 9105.