Altruistic Creativity: Meeting the Deepest Health Care Need of the Elderly (download)
21 min, 1998
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Originally presented at a conference of the International Arts Medicine Association, this remarkable presentation is an eloquent manifesto on the healing power of human creativity and its crucial importance for the elderly. The key is for the act of creativity to be altruistic, that is, to be done for the benefit of another, for altruism is the key to true health. “Through this altruistic artistic endeavor,” says Dr. Diamond “your soul is at last content, for it has helped another soul. Your anguish is over.” In this way, a person’s last years may be the time of the greatest benefit to all. Above all, this talk offers a transformative and inspirational vision of the elderly, and their potential crucial role in society.
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