‘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 Twelve: Reminiscence to Achieve Cultural Legacy

Purpose twelve: Reminiscence to achieve cultural legacy


In recognizing the wealth of experience and knowledge that older people have to offer, we can be of use to those whose past has been destroyed or lost, or left behind them when they departed their place of birth to start a new life elsewhere. We can assist by offering new ways of looking at the present, the past and the future, a coming to terms with where they are in life. We show that we value them and their history, by helping them to create and preserve a permanent record of historical interest that could be exhibited, or read or listened to, thereby establishing a cultural heritage.

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