Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today: Reminiscence in Dementia Care: A Guide to Good Practice

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Reminiscence is an invaluable means of promoting confidence and supporting identity in people with dementia. This practical guide explains how creative reminiscence work can stimulate and enrich communication and contribute to positive relationships between people with dementia and those who care for them.

Based on ideas developed and tested internationally over a period of ten years, the book offers imaginative approaches to reminiscence and a wealth of resources for use in a ...

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Overview

Reminiscence is an invaluable means of promoting confidence and supporting identity in people with dementia. This practical guide explains how creative reminiscence work can stimulate and enrich communication and contribute to positive relationships between people with dementia and those who care for them.

Based on ideas developed and tested internationally over a period of ten years, the book offers imaginative approaches to reminiscence and a wealth of resources for use in a wide range of situations. It provides a useful planning tool for organising and structuring group and individual reminiscence work, with detailed descriptions of activities that can be used to improve quality of life in a variety of care settings, the community or the home environment.

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today highlights the value of combining good practice in reminiscence with a person-centred approach to dementia and is an essential guide for professional and family carers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843106494
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Series: Bradford Dementia Group Good Practice Guides
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,007,523
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Faith Gibson     9
Preface   Bob Woods     13
Introduction     15
Dementia and Reminiscence: Current Thinking     19
Dementia     19
Reminiscence     24
Reminiscence in Dementia Care     33
Reasons for using reminiscence in dementia care     33
Ways of using reminiscence in dementia care     40
Reminiscence and dementia - a note on the evidence base     50
Reminiscence Skills and Methods     53
Attitudes and skills needed for successful reminiscence work     53
Triggering memories, especially through sensory stimuli     56
Background research for successful reminiscence work     75
Working across cultures     77
Making reminiscence products     78
Learning from experience and evaluation     81
Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today: A Programme and an Approach     85
The RYCT approach     85
The RYCT programme     87
Comments from participants, leaders and volunteers     90
Organising a Reminiscence Project     97
Recruiting the project team     98
Preparation for the project team     99
Recruiting and preparing participants     100
Practical matters     101
Managing the sessions and structuring the project     105
Debriefing, monitoring and evaluation     109
Training for the Project Team and Family Carers     112
Training activities for the project team     112
Training activities for family carers     116
Reminiscence Sessions: Retracing the Life Course     127
Outline timetable     127
Introductions     128
Childhood and family life     133
Schooldays     139
Starting work and working lives     143
Going out and having fun     148
Weddings     154
Homes, gardens and animals     159
The next generation - babies and children     163
Food and cooking     168
Holidays and travel     171
Celebration     177
Rounding up and evaluation     182
Adaptations for 'Reminiscence Alone' groups     185
Reunion sessions     190
Final Comments and Future Hopes     193
Useful documents     195
References     217
Suject Index     220
Author Index     224
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