"Reminiscing promotes emotional well being
and reduces isolation, loneliness and depression"
Who says my mind has gone away
I see my youth there every day
I replay my life where none can go
I meet the friends who've had to go
So don't tell me I'm getting old
And now must do just what I'm told
I laugh and play inside my head
And wander paths that once I tread
So when it seems I am not there
It's just a thought I cannot share
Please be patient with me when I'm slow
I might be somewhere else you know
I hope you too can store away
The memories of what we share
Then in the late days of your time
You can recall as I do mine
MEMORIESb y Bob McMillan
Memory is a remarkable gift and memories are very precious. We all carry them on life's journey. Everything we have ever experienced is etched somewhere in our minds.
For most people the idea of becoming aged is something to be held in dread. Many have little or no communication with the elderly, apart from helping an `old lady' on or oft the bus. But we older people are all around, and many of us have a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share, to those who care to listen.In these pages we will try to coax you into remembering just a little (or a lot) from earlier days. At least we can let you read about other peoples memories - you may be surprised how common some of the memories can be!!
Send me your memories to add to this section
How did some of us "auld yins" survive in the 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's?
Actors from various British Cult TV shows by Toby Nelson
Uncovering Memories: What Is Reminiscence?
When we reminisce, we recall memories, review them, and recapture the emotions that went with them. All of us engage in this reflective process from time to time; it is a normal and vital part of growing older.
Why Is It Important for the Elderly?
In later life reminiscence takes on a more significant role: it's how older adults get in touch with things and times that were important to them. Through reminiscing they find meaning in their memories: this helps to maintain their sense of identity, builds self-esteem and helps raise the overall quality of their lives. At a time when older adults may feel vulnerable, isolated or lonely, recalling and communicating their experiences helps to improve their mental, emotional, social and sometimes physical well-being. In reminiscence, older adults have a powerful, natural resource. This book shows you how to help them use it.
Benefits of Reminiscence
Reminiscence by the elderly has all too often been devalued, regarded as a turning away from reality, living in the past and even seen as mental dysfunction. We now know, however, that exploring the past is an enriching experience which provides deep personal satisfaction as well as many other important benefits.
Who Can Benefit from Reminiscence?
The vast majority of older adults will benefit from reminiscence. It's a resource accessible to the broadest spectrum of individuals from the well elderly to those with physical, emotional and cognitive handicaps. Reminiscence is especially beneficial to persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Who Can Use Reminiscence?
Anyone who has regular or repeated contact with the elderly can use reminiscence-family, friends, visitors, social workers, activity directors, occupational therapists, nurses, doctors, clergy and volunteers. Reminiscence can be used in the home, hospital, social centre, church, day care and rest home-where ever older adults spend time.
What Is My Role In Reminiscence?
The listener's role in reminiscence is two-fold: