What is Reminiscence?

1. Reminiscence is thinking or talking about past experience

2.The Older person may well feel that he/she has much to share with others. Experiences are very valuable.

3. Most people enjoy Reminiscence, but it does not suit everybody.

4. Reminiscence can recall past pain as well as past joys.

5. Reminiscence is a mutual process, a shared journey.

Eight good reasons for Reminiscence

1. Reminiscence builds bridges between a person’s past and present.       Most people moving into care can find it a daunting experience.

2. Reminiscence encourages sociability and opens up new relationships.      As the person gets older, possibly accompanied by a move into a new place, there may be a shrinking network of friendships.

3. Reminiscence reduces the distance between care staff and older people. There will be age differences, but possibly also class and even ethnic differences between staff and those in their care.

4. Reminiscence preserves and transmits the cultural heritage.                Every time a person dies history dies with them

5. Reminiscence reverses the gift relationship.                                         Those who have lived history are the best teachers.

6. Reminiscence confirms a sense of identity and encourages feelings of self worth. The sense of identity is important at every stage- it helps us to remain in control of our lives.

7. Reminiscence assists the assessment of present functioning                        If you consider only how a person is in the present it is like taking a single snapshot instead of looking through a whole photograph album. It is not a fair way to assess a person’s present capacities

8. Most people enjoy Reminiscence