“Misty Water-Colored Memories…” A walk down memory lane. Now that you will be humming that song all day (you’re welcome ), let’s learn about reminiscence therapy benefits for someone living with progressive memory loss.
What is reminiscences therapy you ask? In simple terms, it is a focused activity that uses prompts and words that spark conversations about enjoyable memories from someone’s long ago past.
Interestingly, events and facts “retrieved” and “remembered” more frequently over a lifetime are those better recalled.
Fun fact, you do not need to be a professional to lead this kind of activity, all you need to be is interested in bringing joy to someone you know that has been diagnosed with a dementia.
Reminiscing can give people with dementia a sense of competence and confidence while using a skill they still have. It has a positive effect on their mood, eases confusion and anxiety and brings the people participating closer together.
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