A step back in time

Reminiscing

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Bob loves telling us all about his family, his wife and family, his life history and all about him, he has a wonderful photo album that his family have made for him which allows him to take a step back in time, what stories Bob can tell us .... Never a dull moment. This is a perfect tool staff can use for creating conversations, releving stress and distress and promote wellbeing.  

Reminiscence’ means sharing life experiences, memories and stories from the past. Typically, a person with dementia is more able to recall things from many years ago than recent memories, so reminiscence draws on this strength. So many of our conversations and interactions rely on short-term memory. Reminiscence can give people with dementia a sense of competence and confidence through using a skill they still have.

We all possess  memories, we all have our own unique life history. Recalling the past is a  means of owning it and hence preserving ourselves. It is a here and now process  which holds the teller and the told in relationship with each other.

Faith Gibson (1998)            

Many people with dementia find themselves routinely having things done ‘for’ them or ‘to’ them. When a person shares something about their past and another person shows interest or enjoyment, it is a wonderful opportunity for that person to feel that they are the one who is giving something to another human being, rather than always being the one who is receiving or listening.

Talking about the past can also bring up happy memories and good feelings. Something we wish to encourage.