Project description and goals: To learn about and explore the area of humanistic gerontology, focusing on questions of meaning and purpose, developmental insights, inter-generational relations, and self-actualization in the lives of older people as reflected in the arts, literature, philosophy, history, and life-stories. We also hope to develop skills in science journalism, oral history, and narrative writing as we seek to elucidate connections between psychological, social, cultural, and biological factors that influence development and change in old age. 
Please contact Dr. Dean VonDras ( to ask questions and express interest in participating in this project.