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Reminiscence & Technology

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A good friend and supporter of what I do @shirleyayres reminded me recently why I blog, and why I need to keep it up. Blogging is a great way to tell the world your thoughts and generate conversation about them, the problem is we all get too busy in the here and now. I for one, find myself always putting my blog aside for other things. When you look at it, a blog is but another story from your life, generated by your own experience and perceptions of events. Blogging…read more

Jeremy Hughes: putting dementia on the map

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Around 670,000 people in England live with dementia – a number which will double in the next 30 years. The Department of Health Dementia Map sets out what we currently know about dementia care, support and research across England. Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, asks: what do we still need to do to help individuals, families and carers live well with dementia?  There are some 200,000 people living with dementia, in their own homes and often alone. A third of those do not even get out of the…read more

5 Common Dementia Myths

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Although dementia has become more well-known among the general public, there are still a surprising number of myths which persist about the disorder and how it affects people. Some of these myths may have been thought true or accepted as fact in earlier days, but today are understood to be either untrue or untested. Recognising myths is important, as sometimes the information they impart can have negative effects on a person. Among the common myths and misperceptions about dementia are the following: Because of their memory loss, people living with…read more

Reminiscence: An Important Task for Older Adults

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All people anticipate future events and “think back through” their past experiences. Throughout life we draw upon events in the past to attempt to cope with the ever-changing realities in our world. We use past experiences to illuminate problems of the present. Reminiscence or life review is one of the primary tools for carving out who we are and what our existence means. The two and a half year old reminisces about being a baby through pretending: “I’m a baby, I can’t walk.” The older teenager reminisces about the dating…read more

Reminiscence Therapy for Older People

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Reminiscence Therapy is a form of therapy that can be useful and helpful to older people with memory problems. It provides a way for people with a short term memory loss to conversationally and socially interact based on their long term memory. The long term memory acting as the facilitator. There are Reminiscence groups around the country but it is a simple everyday activity that if you are a family member, friend or carer you can initiate easily into a companionable period of time when visiting or caring for a…read more

Activity and Therapy

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Reminiscence refers to recollections of memories from the past. It is familiar to us all and can be utilised for the benefit of others. For people living with Dementia, encouraging the act of reminiscence can be highly beneficial to their inner self and their interpersonal skills. Reminiscence involves exchanging memories with the old and young, friends and relatives, with carers and professionals, passing on information, wisdom and skills. It is about giving the person living with a memory disorder such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s a sense of value, importance, belonging,…read more