Memories are made of this: Reminiscence activities for person-centred care

Memories are made of this: Reminiscence activities for person-centred care

by Alzheimer's Society, Julie Heathcote

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Reminiscence is one of the most popular activities in dementia care. It has been associated with improving communication between people with dementia and carers and also contributing to improved self-esteem and well-being for people living with dementia. In these ways it can help to enhance care and support.

Memories are made of this provides a complete resource that contains ideas and suggestions, templates and handy hints for simple ways to use reminiscence in a wide variety of different situations. This includes activities with individuals, large groups and in a range of care settings.

The book is divided into three sections. The first of these outlines what reminiscence is and approaches towards it in the context of person-centred care. It also gives advice on achieving learning outcomes such as those specified in national care standards.

The main section of the book lists detailed descriptions of different activities under the headings: personal memories, seasons, memories of life years ago and make do and mend memories. It shows how to put together successful reminiscence sessions in a matter of minutes.

Each activity gives a checklist of things needed, suggested other memory prompts, clear instructions, conversation suggestions and musical links. The book also contains full colour photography and case studies.

The final section of the book provides details of useful further organisations and resources to expand opportunities for reminiscence. This publication provides a full reference resource for anyone involved in the care and support of a person with dementia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906647223
Publisher: Alzheimer's Society
Publication date: 09/10/2009
Series: Alzheimer's Society Booklets , #29
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.They provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through their publications, National Dementia Helpline, website, and more than 2,000 local services. They campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. They also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive. For more information see

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