SUMMARY OF CONTENT
Reminiscence is an evidence based practice that can assist older adults with later life transitions and enhance coping. Since reminiscing is a naturally occurring experience, this process can be incorporated into various practice settings. Furthermore, reminiscence can be used individually with older adults, with families, or within a group format. Typically, reminiscence involves positive experiences that can help older adults cope with challenges of later life by recalling strengths, connections, and joys of the past. Sometimes, however, painful experiences may also surface which can provide opportunities for repair and closure.
This module discusses the theoretical foundation for reminiscence therapy, and the variety of ways that it can be used in practice.
Kristen Copes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in end-of-life care with older adults. Ms. Copes will discuss how she has integrated reminiscence in hospice care using life journals and activities that evoke memory using the senses.
Podcast Topic and Location:
“A Discussion about using Reminiscence Therapy”
In this podcast Ms. Copes, LCSW provides descriptive case examples/stories to illustrate application of reminiscence and tips for getting started.
Podcast can be located within the powerpoint (above)- Slide #8 or by clicking this link : https://gsu.sharestream.net/ssdcms/i.do?u=a3995053d03a460
CASE STUDIES and DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Instructor Notes – Instructor Notes Reminiscence Therapy for Older Adults
Presentation Handouts – Handouts- Reminiscence Therapy for Older Adults
References – References – Reminiscence Therapy for Older Adults