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Comics workshops for elderly people
Cartoonist, Comic Teacher / Comics Center – Helsinki, Finland
The so called senior citizens are a heterogenous group of people, like any other age group. That being said, there are some cornerstones to lean on when planning comics workshops for the elderly. I have worked with a group of active senior citizens who were interested in comics and other arts, with a group of elderly people with memory malfunctions, who were more or less forced to participate, and a group of grandparents who came together with their grandchildren.
This has given me enlightening experiences of how different people can be within the same age group. Nevertheless, they have at least one thing in common: a lot of stories and interesting bits of personal history that are worth passing on to younger generations, in both pictures and words.