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‘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 ...

Purpose Ten: Reminiscence as Oral History to Maintain or Improve Skills
Purpose ten: Reminiscence as oral history to maintain or improve skills

In this chapter, we will describe what oral history is and spend some time describing the benefits to older people of undertaking oral history. The main section will be its indirect uses - to provide social and cognitive stimulation.

What is Oral History?

Oral history has been developed as a subject area in its own right over recent years. A key figure is Paul Thompson of Essex University whose The Voice of the Past has been tremendously influential. Basically, Thompson pointed out that we are taught history in school as if it were unbiased, and ‘this is the only possible version of events’. In reality, he ...

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