‘I was impressed with the accessibility of the book, offering a guided tour through the history, context and purposes of reminiscence therapy, the range of applications from promoting social and emotional stimulation to reminiscence as psychotherapy. It also provides a brief overview of its theoretical underpinnings… As a book for health professionals interested in reminiscence work, it is a must for the shelf… most importantly it emphasizes the need for adequate training and supervision for those undertaking this type of work… the authors [also] provide a very good working guide to the assessment process’ - Aging and Health

In this practical and accessible book, leading exponents of reminiscence work describe the purposes and techniques of reminiscence and set out detailed guidelines on how to implement and conduct a wide range of reminiscence activities with different types of client.

Highlighting its tremendous diversity and potential - and its special ability to allow people of all ages and abilities to communicate deeply about their lives - the authors separate out the different aims of reminiscence, which include intellectual or social stimulation, allowing people to leave behind them a cultural legacy, or a means of intergenerational communication. They show clearly how each can be directly beneficial either to clients or their carers, or for improving the culture of the arena in which the activity is being carried out.

Reminiscence Work that Helps Clients
Reminiscence work that helps clients

We now proceed to look at 16 purposes of reminiscence that relate to the needs of clients.

Each chapter will first give the rationale for each reminiscence activity. There will then be an outline of the goals implied in that purpose and an identification of what the group leader's tasks will be in helping to achieve these goals. There will be practical advice on how these tasks can be or have been carried out and examples given of the particular purpose in action. Finally, before reaching some conclusions on the importance of a particular purpose for reminiscence and offering some useful reading lists, there will be one detailed account of how a purpose has been worked out ...

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