‘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 One: Reminiscence to Encourage Spontaneous Conversation between Clients

Purpose One: Reminiscence to Encourage Spontaneous Conversation between Clients

Purpose one: Reminiscence to encourage spontaneous conversation between clients


Basically, we are social beings, disposed to hold social dialogue with others - to be friendly. So most people prefer to live in a community, and to seek the company of others. Any one community has its own distinct cultural patterns and institutions, sharing common aims and interests. Here we can relate to others, live and interact, whether it be in formal or informal ways. The extent of our involvement, how much we engage in social discourse, and seek companionship or communal activities, depends upon who we are, as individuals, on our personality, our makeup. That is not to say people do not want their own space, but ...

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