Sharing and recollecting memories with seniors in long term care helps them to affirm who they are and to maintain self worth.
It is also a stimulating mental activity, promoting good social interaction and strengthening friendships. Residents may benefit from listening to the wonderful and touching stories of their peers.
Reminiscing stories may be video recorded with the resident’s permission and as per facility protocols. If this is not possible, chronicle the memories in a scrapbook to share with members of the families.
You may invite families of residents to join the reminiscing session and prepare a themed subject with half a dozen questions. Choose questions that stimulate the five senses; smells, taste, sounds etc. Reminiscing taps into memories from the past that most residents are able to recollect.
Reminiscing sessions give staff a better understanding of their clients' needs, leading to improved care.
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Reminiscing with the elderly is a wonderful way to validate the lives of individuals and provide seniors with a sense of purpose, especially those living with dementia. Reminiscing activities also encourage social interaction and promote interpersonal skills.
Celebrate International Children's book Day with this story book activity.
This is a wonderful game that can be adapted to any occasion. Residents will enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories.
The theme for this reminiscing session is: The Beach.
18 sample questions are provided.