‘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.

Purpose Eleven: Reminiscence to Aid Intergenerational Communication

Purpose eleven: Reminiscence to aid intergenerational communication


In this purpose, we aim to establish an initial relationship between young and older people, and then to embark upon a reminiscence project. In all probability the young will learn from the old, about custom, culture, and a way of life that was. These long-stored memories can then be documented. So, one key aspect is to create and further the process by which older people impart their experience and knowledge to the young. In so doing they will leave a record, a legacy of experiences of a passing generation, something to show they have been there, that they have lived. For the young, you may be assisting in their quest for knowledge ...

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