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The Past in the Present - Faith Gibson

The Past in the Present

Paperback Published: 26th March 2004
ISBN: 9781878812872
Number Of Pages: 360

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It is proven that reminiscing contributes to people's health and well being, whether young or old. This deceptively simple activity helps people integrate and find meaning in their life experiences. In The Past in the Present you will find a diverse collection of methods-both formal and informal-for working successfully with individuals, couples, and groups.



Anyone in a care-giving role can reap the rewards of using reminiscence. Author Faith Gibson, a renowned reminiscence expert, provides all the tools you need, from the commonplace to the unique, to help others




  • improve life satisfaction


  • build self-esteem


  • resurrect coping and problem-solving skills


  • enhance communication


  • diminish social isolation


  • develop deeper relationships



You'll find the most productive formats for constructing and recording the life story, techniques to unlock therapeutic barriers, multi-sensory triggers that stimulate recall, themes and topics to elicit memories, and inter-generational activities that reach young and old alike. An entire section compassionately guides you in using reminiscence in dementia care, including home care, adult day centres, and in residential facilities. Plus, for the first time anywhere, learn how reminiscence can be used as a dynamic tool for staff development, improving the skills and care delivery of direct care staff.



The Past in the Present is an essential reminiscence resource for nursing staff and paraprofessionals, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, activity directors, recreation therapists, professionals providing training programs for volunteers and family caregivers, community groups, and schools and college programs proving community service and inter-generational outreach. Instructors in gerontology and related disciplines will find this an insightful, essential addition to their curricula.

"This book is truly the work of an expert practitioner who can share her knowledge in a helpful format for all to use... a gift to the reminiscers of the future." - Barbara K. Haight, R.N., Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina"

About the Authorp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Reminiscence Theory and Valuesp. 1
Reminiscence, Age, and Memoryp. 3
Why Encourage Reminiscence?p. 23
Staff Development Through Reminiscencep. 51
Reminiscence Practicep. 77
Planning and Preparation for Reminiscence Workp. 79
Engaging in Reminiscence Workp. 119
Tangible Representations of Reminiscencep. 153
Promoting Social Inclusion Through Reminiscencep. 177
Reminiscence Practice in Dementia Carep. 199
Dementia and Creativity in Later Lifep. 201
Reminiscence at Home and in Dementia Day Centersp. 225
Reminiscence in Dementia Residential Facilitiesp. 249
Appendixes
Personal History Formp. 277
Sessional Group Attendance Formp. 281
Group Activity Formp. 283
Clearance Formp. 287
Timelinep. 289
Quick Reference Age Gridp. 299
Life Review and Experiencing Formp. 301
Referencesp. 307
Resourcesp. 325
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9781878812872
ISBN-10: 1878812874
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 26th March 2004
Publisher: Health Professions Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.24  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Type: New edition