Reminiscence Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease
Many people with progressive memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, are much more comfortable talking about memories long past than about things that happened recently. Because the area of the brain that stores memories long term is affected later in the disease’s progression, the affected person will remember more about her life when she was 40 years younger than she knows about what has happened this week. A person with Alzheimer’s disease, for example, might have a detailed and lucid conversation about something that happened after the war (World War II or the Korean War) than what he or she had for breakfast, or experienced at the theater the night before.
A summary of existing data, including studies published in professional journals, and interviews with specialists, concluded that the general mood and cognition improved in subjects with dementia who participated in some form of reminiscence therapy. There is no doubt that reminiscing, no matter how it is done, can be beneficial
Reminiscing and reminiscence therapy are powerful tools for the Alzheimer’s caregiver. Read more about reminiscing at our website.