Application of reminiscence therapy for dementia in practice

Gerald McFadden, Mark Gillespie

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Reminiscence therapy (RT) is one of a number of therapeutic interventions used to promote the wellbeing of older adults with dementia. RT has long been promoted as an intervention that benefits service users, families and staff by assisting in the delivery of person-centred care and enabling carers to get to know the person behind the illness. However, the need for more research into RT and conflicting clinical guidelines mean RT has not been standardised in its delivery and is not readily available to those who could benefit from it. This article examines the use of RT to improve the mood of an older adult with dementia by a third-year mental health student while on clinical practice placement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-276
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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