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Talking Dementia: Reminiscence and Life Story Work

Talking Dementia: Reminiscence and Life Story Work

Update: 2021-10-21
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Join Colm, Professor Assumpta Ryan and Professor Faith Gibson in their discussion of the meaning and best practice implementation of reminiscence and life story work in dementia care.

Professor Assumpta Ryan is the Professor of Ageing and Health at Ulster University. In this episode she refers to the success of her app ‘The InspireD Reminiscence App’ .

Professor Faith Gibson is a friend and colleague of Colm, who has informed much of the work of HammondCare's Dementia Centre . A social worker by training, Faith is a pioneer in the field of reminiscence and life story work. Her most recent publication 'International Perspectives on Reminiscence, Life Review and Life Story Work' and earlier work 'Reminiscence and Life Story Work. A Practice Guide' are informative and instructional resources on reminiscence work.  

Together, Colm, Faith and Assumpta provide insight, guidance and shared experience to this episode.

The Cochrane Library’s 1998, 2005 and current 2018 review 'Reminiscence therapy for dementia'   displays over time, how  memories and past experiences with other people using tangible prompts evokes memories and stimulate conversation for those living with dementia.

'International Journey of Reminiscence and Life Review' publishes original work exploring the nature, function, and application of remembering the personal past within a wide range of research contexts and practice settings.. 

The  European Reminiscence Network and American International Center for Life Story Innovations and Practise promote best practice in reminiscence work and to share experience across national frontiers.

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Talking Dementia: Reminiscence and Life Story Work

Talking Dementia: Reminiscence and Life Story Work

Professor Colm Cunningham