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Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today


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Foreword by Faith Gibson, Emeritus professor of Social Work, University of Ulster. Preface by Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People, University of Wales Bangor. Introduction. 1.Dementia and Reminiscence: Current Thinking. 2. Reminiscence in Dementia Care. 3. Reminiscence Skills and Methods.4. Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today: A Programme and an Approach. 5. Organising a Reminiscence Project. 6. Training for the Project Team and Family Carers. 7. Reminiscence Sessions: Retracing the Life Course. 8. Final Comments and Future Hopes. Appendix : Useful Documents. References. Index.

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Practical guide to reminiscence in dementia care; examining how it can contribute to person-centred care and containing detailed descriptions of activities that can be used in a variety of situations

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Pam Schweitzer became fascinated by reminiscence and oral history after many years working in Theatre in Education and Educational Drama. In 1983, she founded Age Exchange Theatre Trust, the first full-time professional theatre company to specialise in reminiscence theatre. For the last decade she has been actively developing reminiscence projects for people with dementia and their carers. In 2000, she was awarded an MBE for services to Reminiscence and she continues to direct the European Reminiscence Network, lecturing, directing and training in reminiscence and related fields. Errollyn Bruce is a lecturer in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford. In 1997, after joining Bradford Dementia Group she met Pam Schweitzer and joined the Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today project as an evaluator. The experience of bringing ideas together from the fields of reminiscence and person-centred dementia care fascinated her and fuelled an enduring interest in working with life histories in dementia care.


This is an exceptionally important book that celebrates the interdependency of human beings, the virtues of the education of carers and the positive treatment of people with dementia... In describing in exquisite and profound, but necessary, detail how to create and re-create a wonderfully sensitive approach to caring for people with dementia, the authors have conveyed some of the most important research findings of the past twenty years in the context of a programme to support the strengths and well-being of people with dementia. At the same time, the programme they describe serves to educate carers to support and revel in demonstrations of their loved ones' strengths... This is a book that can add greatly to the lives of all concerned and I recommend it highly. -- Dementia Journal
Research and writing on dementia have never been more timely and necessary as the condition increasingly emerges as an international public health problem which transcends national, family, personal, professional and cultural boundaries, as is noted in the foreword to this practical, accessible and readable manual (page 9). Positive in tone this book presents realistic advice and useful resources based on knowledge distilled from considerable experience of working with a group all too easily socially excluded and marginalized... This is a very practical book, a manual for facilitators and carers to implement their own RYCT programme of activities and as such it functions very well... I would recommend this manual as a useful addition to the library of anyone facilitating sessions in the field of dementia. -- Dramatherapy
This book is an excellently comprehensive and practical resource bursting with ideas and good, useable advice. If you're serious about using reminiscence properly (and all care homes should be) I thoroughly recommend this book. -- Caring Times
Any Health library strong in dementia care "best practice" guides will welcome this focus on the tool of reminiscence and its ability to support people with dementia. From how it works to stimulate communication to how professionals and family members alike can use reminiscence to maximum effectiveness both at the group and individual level, this is a key acquisition for any working with dementia patients - and their loved ones. -- The Midwest Book Review
Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today culminates work spanning some ten years on the use of reminiscence with people with dementia. Essentially practice-based, this book is a clear guide to organising and structuring reminiscence sessions. It offers an optimistic and dynamic challenge to dementia care-giving. -- Professional Social Work

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