How to Conduct a Reminiscing Session

How to Conduct a Reminiscing Session

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Encouraging seniors to recollect and share memories is a stimulating mental activity. It promotes good social interaction and strengthens friendships. Wonderful and touching stories may be derived from this activity.

Encouraging seniors to recollect and share memories is a stimulating mental activity. It promotes good social interaction and strengthens friendships. Wonderful and touching stories may be derived from this activity.

Research reveals that group reminiscing enhances the cognitive scope of people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia.

In this article we cover:

  • Planning a Reminiscing Session
  • Tips for conducting a Reminiscing Session
  • How long should a Reminiscing Activity last?
  • How to document information from a Reminiscing Activity


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Joanne 26th Feb 2019 Leisure and Lifestyle Co ordinator
When I do reminiscing I try to have visual and tactile objects...eg women's reminiscing I use two old style beauty cases and have things in them like a corset with stockings, petticoat, jewellery, cosmetic mirror, dressing table set...hairbrush etc, lipstick, evening bag, hair net, curlers (the metal ones), scarf etc. This always brings about many memories and discussion - especially when I bring the corset out!!
Solange 2nd Mar 2019 Diversional Therapist
Hi Joanne, excellent reminiscing ideas, thank you for sharing. I too had a great deal of response from a Bridal reminiscing with the residents able to handle bridal dresses, hair accessories and invitations.
Elizabeth 31st Jan 2017 Recreation Activites Officer
Some fantastic reminiscing idea's, thank you!
Talita 6th Feb 2017
Thanks for your feedback Elizabeth!
Michele 13th May 2015 Coordinator
Great ideas for reminiscing with clients. often unrelated activities lead to reminiscence but organising a dedicated session brings more client involvement.
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