Life review

A naturally occurring process where the person looks back on their life and reflects on past experiences, including unresolved difficulties and conflicts. This concept was incorporated in a psychotherapy for older people, which emphasises that life review can be helpful in promoting a sense of integrity and adjustment. Life--review therapy has its roots in psychotherapy, involving evaluation of personal (sometimes painful) memories with a therapeutic listener, usually in a one-to-one setting. (Woods et al., in press).