The memories that we cherish the most can bring a sense of joy. A memorable moment is a special or interesting moment in life that can be easily remembered. Most of the time, memorable moments develop into a discussion of past events and experiences. These discussions, also known as, Reminiscence Therapy, are recommended and most often used in clients with dementia. According to NBCI, “It is believed that reminiscence therapy can help elderly individuals by increasing self-acceptance, providing perspective, and enabling the resolution of past conflicts.” Activities that stimulate different senses are not only helpful ways to recall past memories but, can also help clients socialize and interact with others.
How It works
The main focus of Reminiscence Therapy is to help individuals reconnect with society. Reminiscence Therapy is directed to the parts of the brain that deal with long-term memory. Through sensory organs, Reminiscence Therapy stimulates those memories that have been stored away. Not only does this cause the brain to react differently than usual, but it also impacts seniors emotions and behaviors. According to GoodTherapy.org, “ Studies have shown RT can help older adults become more engaged. People who were known as withdrawn opened up during RT sessions.” Reminiscence Therapy is easy to do and requires minimal skill.