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Promoting use of reminiscence therapy in community settings

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Reminiscence, the process of recalling and sharing memories, is a normal part of everyday life for most people. As the years pass, however, people become more isolated due to bereavement or geographical separation.

This can leave older people, in particular, alone with their memories. Facilitated reminiscence sessions, either one-to-one or as a member of a group, can offer a range of benefits including addressing feelings of isolation and anxiety due to relocation and/or the ageing process.

Boosting social skills

Reminiscence helps people to discover common ground about life experiences and hobbies. It can also improve communication and social skills while boosting confidence for those with memory difficulties.

For health professionals who work with individual service users on a regular basis, reminiscence can aid understanding of what makes that person 'tick'. This, in turn, builds trust and respect, encouraging the provision of appropriate care. For all concerned reminiscence can be fun, generate laughter and boost energy levels.

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