What is Reminiscence Therapy?
Remembering the past can bring a large amount of pleasure and understanding for anyone. People who suffer from Dementia and early onset Alzheimers often have difficulty remembering what has recently happened in their lives, so it is a way to easily talk about what they do remember. Often times the memories from years back remain detailed and intact.
Reminiscence Therapy involves discussing and sharing memories, reviewing and evaluating those memories, and re-capturing the emotions and feelings that are an integral part of those memories. RT has been shown to be helpful in reducing reclusive tendencies that cause depression and anxiety.
Pictures that bring back memories are another excellent aid to the reminiscence process. Photographs of family, friends, and anything else in one’s personal histories are obvious choices, but any picture that elicits a memory of something in the past is beneficial.