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How can reminiscence therapy help with treating dementia?

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These approaches might help jog your loved one’s memory and thinking skills -- or at least give them pleasure and brighten their day. Make sure anything they try helps their quality of life and doesn’t make them feel frustrated or overwhelmed.

Reminiscence therapy might include things like talking with your loved one about their hometown, school days, work life, or favorite hobbies. It can be done one-on-one or in groups as part of an organized therapy. The person leading the session might use music from your loved one’s past, or things like photos or treasured items, to help.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Management & Patient Care,” “Treatments for Behavior.”

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: “Non-Drug Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Society UK: “Staying Healthy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Counseling & Alzheimer’s Disease.”

MODEM: “Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.”

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology : “The Effect of Reminiscence Therapy on Cognition, Depression, and Activities of Daily Living for Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : “What Are the Components to the MIND Diet?”

UpToDate: “Prevention of Dementia.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Management & Patient Care,” “Treatments for Behavior.”

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: “Non-Drug Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Society UK: “Staying Healthy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Counseling & Alzheimer’s Disease.”

MODEM: “Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.”

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology : “The Effect of Reminiscence Therapy on Cognition, Depression, and Activities of Daily Living for Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : “What Are the Components to the MIND Diet?”

UpToDate: “Prevention of Dementia.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 15, 2018

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