Saturday, March 22, 2008

reminiscence therapy


Memories are powerful--simply reflecting on a precious time with a loved one, a favorite song or a great vacation moment can bring on feelings of happiness, security and relaxation.
there are important therapies that can help make Alzheimer's disease more manageable for both caregivers and their loved ones, and may improve their ability to retrieve long-lost memories. One of these--reminiscence therapy--involves using personal items such as old photos, home videos and music to rekindle their loved ones' memories from the past and create a sense of familiarity and safety.
reminiscence therapy has been found to benefit those with Alzheimer's disease by stimulating mental activity, decreasing feelings of being alone, easing agitation and creating positive interactions
studies have shown that cognition and mood among people with Alzheimer's disease improved within four to six weeks after beginning reminiscence therapy
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