Although not yet considered an official or certified form of therapy, anecdotal evidence shows senior reminiscing to have many benefits. These benefits include alleviating stress and depression, giving seniors a better sense of self, strengthening relationships with caregivers and family members and providing seniors with a satisfaction of a life well lived.
How to Initiate Senior Reminiscence
Senior Reminiscence can be introduced formally in family settings, group sessions, one-on-one sessions or through casual conversations. Although group sessions offer opportunities for seniors to socialize and bond with each other, for reminiscence purposes, any type of interaction has positive results.
Activities to Inspire Reminiscing
- Discussion of Recipes from Childhood
Provide each senior with an index card that has the name of a food on it. Ask them to talk about their favorite recipe from childhood that had that food. If they talk about another recipe, that is okay, because the discussion is still inspiring reminiscence.
- Question Ball
Using a beach ball, write a question on each panel in large print. Pass the ball around and have seniors answer one question at a time. Start a group discussion regarding each question. Topic suggestions include:
Cats or dogs? Have you ever been to Europe? What is your middle name? What is your favorite color? Have you ever been on a plane? What was your favorite bedtime story? Beer or wine? Do you like to dance? What is your favorite season? Baseball or football?
- Memory Box
Use a large box or bin and place a variety of old things in it such as toys, flat iron, advertising, newspaper headlines and anything else you come across. Gather a group in a circle and take items out one at a time to trigger a discussion. You can pass them around for group members to touch and feel the items.
- Grab Bag
Using any type of bag, fill it with slips of paper or index cards with memory triggers such as favorite season, favorite song, favorite sport, favorite color, favorite memory with their siblings, first date, etc. Have group members pull a card out of the bag and then discuss their selection with the group.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact Chesapeake Home Care today and speak with a member of our team. Call 410-321-4267.