Memories – an infinitely renewable resource

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in CT blog. 1 Comment

By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson

Reminiscence therapy goes back as far as I can remember. As a child of four my parents would seek to assuage my concerns about where I’d come from by showing me sepia photographs of themselves when they were young children, and of moustachioed men in uniform and stern-faced matriarchs in black gingham who were my antecedents, so giving me an idea of the generations and then on to what were then called the ‘facts of life’.

When I worked as a registered general nurse in the 1980s, I would often attempt to allay my patients’ anxieties by chatting with them about their formative years and what they knew about local history.

Reminiscence therapy is increasingly focused on dementia sufferers, which makes as much sense as suggesting that porridge is only appropriate for those with swallowing difficulties. Reminiscence therapy can be a benefit for us all – we can all learn from hindsight. But like many therapies, it is not without its (often unforseen) risks – close contact with a football my evoke distressing memories of when a person was molested in a sports changing room when they were a boy. Not all memories are rosy.

Many elderly people take a keen interest in current affairs but the older we get, the less of this life there is to look forward to, so it is only natural that more of our thoughts will dwell upon times gone by. Let’s not forget that we all like to remember and, while we may all occasionally tax our memories, at least the Government can’t.

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One response to “Memories – an infinitely renewable resource”

  1. Simon Hooper says:

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    Launching today at Cisco/UCL’s IDEA-London (see, RemindMeCare uses the power of the internet to digital explore a persons past experience sourcing images from the internet specifically related to personal past experience, which enhances engagement and recall, improves person centred care and therapy. Able to remotely connect family and to be transferable from one care facility to another, RemindMeCare has an array of functionality that supports carers, care businesses and hospital wards in their dementia care process along the dementia journey. Please visit (Tel: 07805 982299)

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