Reminiscence Therapy uses the senses to help those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to stimulate their memories and encourage them to reminisce.
By creating what might best be called retro rooms. Rooms filled with objects from antique wallpaper to furniture and knickknacks that are reminiscent of a bygone era. One that the person with dementia can identify with, and hopefully recall more remote memories. Which senses are most likely to help varies, and it may be the combination of senses that help.
The following senses are used most often
When I was in medical training, I noticed how many folks with dementia would become confused and their symptoms worse when they needed admitting to the hospital. It was pretty obvious that the problem was they were pulled out of their familiar surroundings at home into an often sterile environment of a hospital room. Perhaps with a roommate they didn’t know, and certainly unfamiliar staff members. The solutions varied, but encouraging family to bring in familiar objects and stay with the patient as much as possible helped. So did getting them home as soon as it was safe.
This research is being used in dementia wings, as a recent report on ABC. You can find out more by clicking on the photo or link below.
Screenshot from article ” ‘Reminiscence Therapy’ Helping Those With Alzheimer’s and Dementia”
Do you have any experience with using senses to stimulate reminiscing in Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia? Share in the comments.
To your Happy&Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Global Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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