The impact of individual reminiscence therapy for people with dementia: Systematic review

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Abstract

This systematic review aims to review the potential psychosocial benefits of individual reminiscence therapy for people with dementia. Five randomized controlled trials were identified. All were carried out in nursing or care homes, and several different approaches were represented. The studies reported some immediate and longer-term psychosocial benefits to people with dementia of individual reminiscence work, where this involved a life review process or personalized, specific reminiscence work. These benefits included mood, well-being and aspects of cognitive function. There was no evidence that the use of general reminiscence materials was associated with psychosocial benefits. The use of life story books and multimedia alternatives, with or without an associated life review process, does appear to be worth pursuing from both clinical and research perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-555
Number of pages11
JournalExpert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Dementia
Multimedia
Nursing Care
Nursing Homes
Cognition
Therapeutics
Randomized Controlled Trials
Research

Keywords

  • dementia
  • life review
  • life story book
  • nursing homes
  • reminiscence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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The impact of individual reminiscence therapy for people with dementia : Systematic review. / Subramaniam, Ponnusamy; Woods, Bob.

In: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, Vol. 12, No. 5, 05.2012, p. 545-555.

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