Reminiscence is the process by which an individual recollects the significant events in his or her life and the resulting feelings and emotions. A reminiscence therapist usually tries to reduce anxiety and restore emotional harmony. It is also very important to provide old people with opportunities to interact and talk to other old people. Most people find it difficult to reminiscence about their earlier life because of a variety of factors such as intrusive memories, phobias, and social issues. Reminiscence can be a powerful therapy for people suffering from depression, insomnia, dementia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Reminiscence has been shown to play an important role in supporting healthy aging, improving health, and preventing dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD). A recent study found that elderly subjects who took part in a cognitive-behavioral training program showed a significantly higher rate of improvement compared to a control group that was not given any training. Reminiscence is not limited to aged people; it has also been shown to be effective and useful in younger people who are beginning to show signs of dementia or memory loss. Reminiscence is often used in day care centers to help reduce social isolation of autistic children and those with psychiatric disabilities. Reminiscence Therapy in a day care center has been shown to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders develop positive relationships with others.
Reminiscence Therapy is an ideal activity for families to engage in if the parents find it hard to cope with the death of a loved one, experience post-traumatic stress, or are experiencing low self-esteem due to traumatic events in their past. Reminiscence can also be a wonderful way to help the bereaved to remember what it was like to have parents, siblings, or children who were there with them in their childhood. The bereaved may find that they begin to share memories with those they are closest to in order to comfort them and help them move on. Reminiscence Therapy allows the bereaved to have a safe outlet for sharing memories that may otherwise be too painful to share.
For families experiencing the death of a loved one but not yet ready to enter the healing process, there are many options available. There are now several online services that allow the bereaved to do a "life review" online through an internet website, blog, or e-mail. These Reminiscence services allow the family to share their past events with other families and friends. By doing a life review, the bereaved are able to see what they did to cause their loved one's death, how they coped throughout their grief, what assistance they received, and what lessons they can learn from their experience. People who participate in these services usually find that the practice of reminiscence provides them with the support they need to begin to heal their lives and move forward. Families will also discover that they will be able to share details of their deceased loved one's life with other friends and family members through these sites, blogs, and e-mails.
For older patients who are undergoing reminiscence therapy, there are some special considerations that need to be addressed. In most cases, the aging patient will only be able to remember certain aspects of his or her life after a certain period of time has passed. Thus, if a person is remembering many happy and fulfilling events from his or her past, he or she may not be able to remember any more about the period after that. Thus, reminiscence services must provide the Alzheimer's patient with a way to organize and think about his or her life in a certain manner so he or she can form an accurate and useful mental picture of his or her life from this point forward.
Through the process of reminiscence, dementia patients gradually regain the ability to form a meaningful long-term memory, but it takes time. By using a variety of techniques, the cognitive rehabilitation service of an experienced and reputable center can help their patients work toward rebuilding some of their short-term memory. This process of rebuilding memory can take years, but it is crucial to the patient's health and survival. Patients in rehabilitation for dementia should not expect to regain all of their short-term memory within a year or two; nor should they expect to remember everything that happened to them in their younger years. However, by using different types of techniques and methods in conjunction with counseling and a professional diagnosis from a licensed psychologist, they can work towards the restoration of their cognitive, verbal, and visual abilities and can regain control over their lives.
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