April 20, 2016

Reminiscing our heritage : the 70s to the Millennium

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Reminiscing our heritage : the 70s to the Millennium


This book is designed to be used by anybody working with older adults in residential, nursing and day care facilities. It provides a wealth of reminiscence material which can be used in a number of ways to rekindle memories and provide stimulating activity such as quizzes and discussion.

Each year covered in the book is divided into the sections ‘Major events’, ‘On the home front’, ‘Music’, ‘Television’, ‘Screen and page’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Do you remember?’. Many sections can be easily turned into quizzes and it would be simple to form a quiz from each year’s material. One cannot cover all that happened in these years nor highlight all the associations each event or fact triggers, so the material is intended to be expanded on by the memories it triggers in clients during discussion. So, for example, where a film title is mentioned ask if people can recall the stars of the film, its plot and how it ended. The ‘Major events’ section will trigger lots of opinions too as it covers the political events of the decades so try to get the groups to discuss the ethical and moral dilemmas these posed at the time.

The book is intended for use with individuals and groups but you will discover that in a group one persons memories will trigger another and so what seems like a small topic can last for the whole session as we all try to tell our personal tales.

The handbook of structured life review


Clear and concise, The Handbook of Structured Life Review synthesizes 30 years of research and practice using the Structured Life Review process. Structured Life Review is a one-on-one therapeutic technique that guides people in reflecting on their lives from early childhood to the present. This approach allows individuals to learn from past experiences, settle unresolved issues, and ultimately achieve a state of life acceptance. Participants benefit from increased life satisfaction, reduced depression, and the opportunity for reconciliation, acceptance, and serenity. Following this user-friendly handbook, Structured Life Review sessions can be easily led by professionals and non-professionals alike: social workers, counselors, activity staff, or even volunteers. The book thoroughly explains the role of the Therapeutic Listener and describes useful counseling and communication techniques. Step-by-step goals, instructions, and sample dialogue for eight separate sessions provide a blueprint for conducting life reviews. Handy appendices include assessment tools and a Life Review Form with recommended questions for each session. Structured Life Review is appropriate for people of all ages, including older adults in senior centers, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing centers, and home settings. The approach is especially beneficial for individuals experiencing stress, undergoing major change, or coping with grief or a traumatic event. Additionally, Structured Life Review not only fulfils current requirements for meaningful activities but meets the criteria for short-term therapy covered by Medicare and other insurance providers.


Writing life histories : a guide for use in caring environments
by Robin Dynes
Writing Life Histories is a practical handbook which gives clear guidance on how to put together life histories in supportive or residential settings. It provides: Step-by-step guidance. Ideas for different types of life histories. Activities, strategies and material for prompting memories. Helpful tools and writing tips. Suggestions for support and forming partnerships with other local services. Ideas for involving the person s family and friends. Discussion on ethical issues to be considered. The benefits of engaging a group or an individual in life history activities include an aid to memory; creative stimulation; a personalised identity when in a residential home; promotion of interaction and co-operation with others; continuity with previous life experience thus combating loss of identity as well as an excellent opportunity to pass on knowledge and experience to others. For staff knowing about past experiences will promote an understanding of behaviour, needs and outlook on life resulting in more personalised care. Staff have references for conversation with cognitive impaired individuals and knowledge about life accomplishments which promotes respect for individuals.

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