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TR and Reminiscing: The Pursuit of Elusive Memory and the Art of Remembering

Caroline R Weiss

Abstract


Elderly residents experiencing disorientation may benefit from reminiscing if the process is facilitated one-to-one. Therapeutic recreation specialists could enable this process by serving as consultants to family members and others. Comprehension of how memory works can assist in fostering reminiscing. Variations in memory that occur with age and dementing illness and current neurological and psychological concepts related to memory are presented. Reminiscing may not occur spontaneously. Facilitating reminiscing includes both process and content. Process includes setting the stage, starting out, maintaining and terminating sessions. Content includes selecting subject matter and framing helpful questions. Possible  risks entailed in  reminiscing and their reduction are outlined. Positive aspects ofreminiscing are highlighted.


Keywords


Reminiscence, Long Term Memory, Therapeutic Recreation, Long Term Care, Diementing Illnesses

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