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It is used to counsel and support older people, and is an intervention technique with brain-injured patients. This form of therapeutic intervention respects the life and experiences of the individual with the aim to help the patient maintain good mental health.
Often utilised in residential and nursing care settings, reminiscence therapy is also to be found in none-acute hospitals in the United Kingdom for example, especially those specialising in medical care for the elderly. In one approach, participants are guided by a trained person to reflect on a variety of aspects relating to their lives. This may be themed and centre on one period in time or it may be wider and reflect a guided discussion through an issue. The therapist may use music, photographs, replica documents, drama and sensory gardens to stimulate debate and discussion for the participants.
In Reminiscence therapy structured oppurtunities for reminiscence are provided as a useful tool in supporting very frail and confused people to integrate into new living arrangements by acknowledging and respecting their life history. Participants are often very knowledgable and done in groups becomes a participative learning experience. Reminiscence therapy promotes an older adult's sense of security by reviewing comforting memories.
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