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Simply Listen to Create Meaning for Older Adults

Finding meaning in life is a cure for depression and other ills. This is the claim made by Neel Burton M.D. in his article Man's Search for Meaning where he reiterates Viktor Frankl's message of hope: Even in the most absurd, painful, and dispiriting of circumstances, life can be given a meaning, and so too can suffering. Life in the concentration camp taught Frankl that our main drive or motivation in life is neither pleasure, as Freud had believed, nor power, as Adler had believed, but meaning. Finding meaning can assist as you age, during a time when you are increasingly likely to experience changes in relationships, health status and situational loss. Narrative care, listening to older

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