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Reminiscence Work with Old People

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Long-term memory endures and short-term memory becomes tenuous in old age. We are our memories. Linking an old person to their experience has been shown to reaffirm 'the self'. If this is done skillfully, sensitively and without intrusion, the benefits are twofold. First, and most important, the old person becomes less anxious, cut off and confused and , in linking to the past, is more able to participate in the present. Second, it may only be possible for those who care for confused old people to understand ...
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Overview

Long-term memory endures and short-term memory becomes tenuous in old age. We are our memories. Linking an old person to their experience has been shown to reaffirm 'the self'. If this is done skillfully, sensitively and without intrusion, the benefits are twofold. First, and most important, the old person becomes less anxious, cut off and confused and , in linking to the past, is more able to participate in the present. Second, it may only be possible for those who care for confused old people to understand their worries and pre-occupations if their past lives are known and respected. These experienced authors in reminiscence work provide a detailed, practical guide that is filled with anecdotes and information. The contents cover

the definition of old age

reminiscence work using oral history and group work

communication

reminiscence work projects

building resource banks and cultural information. Reminiscence work is practised by many social and health care disciplines, for example, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, residential care workers and volunteers.

This book should be of interest to nurses working with older people

occupational therapists

social workers

and clinical psychologists.

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Explains how, with short-term memory fading, older people can maintain a sense of their self by dwelling on events long past, and thus become less anxious and isolated, and how caregivers can learn much about their clients' worries and pre-occupations by knowing about their early past. Includes a chronology of events and lifestyles since 1900 to help caregivers place the stories they hear, and an extensive annotated bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780412580703
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes Limited
  • Publication date: 1/19/1994
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Who are we talking about? Do they really want to remember? How the different kinds of reminiscence work developed. Reminiscence with groups. Life review work with individuals. Life history books. Some examples of reminiscence work. The resource bank. Dates and events 1900-1992.
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