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Reminiscence Reviewed

Perspectives, Evaluations, Achievements
Joanna Bornat (Editor)

Published by Taylor & Francis, Incorporated
Publication date: January, 1994
ISBN: 0335190413 (paperback)


The use of reminiscence and recall has become common as a part of the care of older people since the 1980s.

The term reminiscence therapy can include a wide variety of techniques used by both professionals and non-professionals in many settings. It can be found in hospitals, senior centers, community groups, and other programs. The effectiveness of reminiscence therapy when used with persons experiencing cognitive deficits such as Alzheimer's Disease, clinical depression, or other mental problems is a subject of some debate, but adherents feel strongly that it can be an effective method to reach the unresponsive elderly.

The term life review has a special meaning in terminal care. Reminiscence is common at the end of life and many people find it helpful to reflect on their lives. This can be done in structured ways to recall and sometimes document a life which is coming to an end. Many formal techniques for life review are used in hospice settings, often with participation by loved ones who also benefit from the communication process and by the creation of a permanent historical record. In terminal care the goal of the life review is to help bring closure rather than as a treatment method for confusion or withdrawl, but these benefits may ensue as secondary benefits.

This professional book offers a number of perspectives on reminiscence, primarily in non-terminal settings.

This item is offered in both paperback and hard cover editions.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Series editor's preface
By Joanna Bornat
1. Reminiscence within the study of ageing: The social significance of story
By Peter Coleman
2. What splendour, it all coheres: Life-review therapy with older people
By Jeffrey Garland
3. An interesting confusion: What can we do with reminiscence groupwork?
By Mike Bender
4. What can reminiscence contribute to people with dementia?
By Faith Gibson
5. Reminiscence reviewed: A discourse analytic perspective
By Kevin Buchanan, David Middleton
6. Beyond anti-ageism: Reminiscence groups and the development of anti-discriminatory social work education and practice
By John Harris, Tom Hopkins
7. A fair hearing: Life-review in a hospital setting
By John Adams
8. 'I got put away': Group-based reminiscence with people with learning difficulties
By Dorothy Atkinson
9. Dramatizing reminiscences
By Pam Schweitzer
10. Turning talking into writing
By Patricia Duffin
11. Arthos Wales: Working in hospitals
By Rosie Mere

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