Computer-assisted reminiscence therapy: developing practice
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Computer-assisted reminiscence therapy: developing practice

Alan Pringle Lecturer in mental health nursing, University of Nottingham
Sharlotte Somerville Mental health lead nurse, Parkside Nursing Home, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Alan Pringle and Sharlotte Somerville describe a pilot project that uses new technology to help unlock the memories of people with dementia

Reminiscence therapy is a positive pastime for people with dementia and there is evidence to suggest that it is helpful in improving overall psychological wellbeing and preventing further psychological deterioration.

This article outlines a project on the use of new technology in reminiscence therapy in dementia care inpatient settings, which uses a tablet device to store a reminiscence file for individual patients. These files include visual material, such as photographs and films, as well as a playlist of songs and music that are significant to the person. Sessions using the tools are being evaluated against more traditional methods of reminiscence therapy.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 4, 34-37. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 December 2012

Accepted: 18 February 2013