‘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 Three: Reminiscence as Fun

Purpose three: Reminiscence as fun


Having run numerous reminiscence groups for a variety of reasons, and sometimes, in retrospect, a confusion of reasons, what was becoming increasingly evident was that it could be fun. People were really enjoying themselves in the sessions. This was not just because they were recalling past events and having staff actively listen to the group or individuals. It was that members were smiling, laughing and actually having fun; people were feeling good about what they discussed. It was, in essence, a tonic. The effect of this was that a far more lively group of people left the reminiscence activity than had arrived. It was observed that numerous memories, first told in a group, were retold to ...

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