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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/mhp2013.12.17.4.34.e830Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 03 December 2012
Accepted: 18 February 2013