I was sitting for a 92-year-old patient on Sunday after she had spent the night in restraints. She was hyperverbal and very sweet. I basically listened to her life story for 12 hours, and I was definitely thinking about Erikson's life stages.
Her stories focused heavily on her childhood and how happy she was growing up. She later married and had two children, and even though her husband and children had all since passed away, her stories barely touched on her children. She didn't say anything negative about them at all, but they just weren't a focus.
I thought this was interesting... in a 12-hour life review, wouldn't you think your stories would focus more on your own children than your childhood? (Not that I made any comments about it, of course.) Perhaps this is an example of "rearranging the photo album of life."
In any case, my own mother lives in Georgia, and since it wasn't possible for me to spend Mother's Day with her, it was a pleasure to spend the day with this patient. She said over and over how glad she was that I was there and how much calmer and less lonely she felt. That made me feel really good.