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The later-adult years are commonly viewed as a period in which one struggles to maintain a vestige of the physical, mental, and emotional vitality of one's earlier years. In 'Still Growing', however, Donald Capps shows that older adulthood is actually a period of growth and development, and that a central feature of this growth and development is the remarkable creativity of older adults. This creativity is the consequence of the wisdom gained through years of experience but is also due to a newly developed capacity to adapt to unprecedented challenges integral to the aging process. In Part 1, Capps illustrates the challenges of transitioning to older adulthood from the author's own experiences, while in Part 2 he draws on material from Erik H. Erikson, Sigmund Freud, and Paul W. Pruyser to account for longevity, adaptability, and creativity in older adults. Finally, in part 3 he focusses on the work of both William James and Walt Disney to fashion a model of creative aging. Donald Capps is William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of 'The Resourceful Self: And a Child Lead Them' The Lutterworth Press, 2015 and 'At Home in the World: A Study in Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Art' The Lutterworth Press, 2013. 'Building on Freud, Erikson, and Pruyser or pyschoanalytic tradition, Capps explores the overlooked potential for personal growth and creativity in older adulthood. "Still Growing" is a rare example of a wise and hopeful book. A must read for everyone over sixty.' Troels N?rager, Aarhus University, Denmark. 'Relentlessly yet personally and gently honest about aging. There is no escape, yet freedom beckons. Hope, serenity, and creativity become possibilities. Deeply knowledgeable on psychology, spirituality, and the human life cycle, Donald Capps gives solace - no cheap comfort, but rather profound wisdom. He offers it playfully, joyfully, artistically, humorously, gracefully. His fresh perspective on the daunting prospect of becoming an older adult: there are 'fringe benefits.' Yolanda Dreyer, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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Author(s) - Donald Capps

Paperback

Published Date - March 26 2015

ISBN - 9780718893910

Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm

Page Count - 208

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