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Reminiscing with Your Residents

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Reminiscing with Your Residents

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This course is not approved by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). For courses that are approved to meet the CDSS certification or recertification requirements, please click here.

Engaging persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can be challenging, and even intimidating at times. As the progressive nature of the disease robs the individual of the ability to form and retain recent memories, he or she can become increasingly reliant on the past as a source of comfort and reassurance. For this and other reasons, reminiscence can be a powerful day-to-day care technique as well as an effective part of a structured activity program. In this course we will review the benefits of reminiscence and important tips to successfully incorporating it into your care strategy.

Course Information:
  • Online Training Course
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • The Benefits of Reminiscence
  • The Significance of Using Reminiscing Techniques
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This Training course is delivered 100% online through our Online Campus. In order to enroll you in a course we will need to collect your First Name, Last Name and Email Address.

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The course(s) you purchase will be available within 10 minutes of purchase and your login information will be sent to the email address you provide.
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This Training course is delivered 100% online through our Online Campus. If you are purchasing for others or your employees, please make sure to provide the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address of the person who you are purchasing for.

IMPORTANT: Access to the Online Campus is based on email addresses. If you are purchasing for multiple people, each person must have a unique email address to access the Online Campus. DO NOT USE THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS FOR DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS!

When you place your order we will create accounts for each individual you are purchasing for. If you are a return customer, please purchase using the same email address used previously to avoid creating duplicate accounts.

Example: Jim is buying a course for Bob. Jim will provide Bob’s First, Last and Email before the course is added to cart. Jim then uses his personal information for the checkout process.

We understand no one likes to give out their information and that’s why we only require the course attendee’s First Name, Last Name and Email to add the course to your shopping cart.

The course(s) you purchase will be available within 10 minutes of purchase and each person’s login information will be sent to the email address you provide.


Course Objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • 1. Define the significance of using reminiscing techniques to effectively assist your residents in assisted living and residential care.
  • 2. Understand how reminiscing can be most beneficial with residents who have dementia.
  • 3. Describe various benefits to reminiscing with your resident, such as maximizing the strengths of the resident.
  • 4. Utilize what materials and supplies will be needed to best practice reminiscing techniques.
  • 5. Apply several tips and techniques for success with each resident individually.

Course Outcomes

    Hour One
  • I. Introduction
  • a. What is reminiscing
  • i. Simply refers to sharing and talking about past – preferably cherished – memories
  • ii. For people with dementia, encouraging the act of reminiscence can be highly beneficial to his/her inner self and interpersonal skills
  • b. How it helps
  • i. It is about giving the person with Alzheimer’s a sense of value, importance, belonging, power and peace
  • ii. Reminiscing can be effective with almost anyone you are caring for, regardless of the type or stage of dementia
  • iii. However, because of the chronic, progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease, it is here that reminiscence techniques can be most beneficial
  • c. Structured or unstructured
  • i. Can be powerful as a structured activity
  • ii. Perhaps most effective when incorporated into routine interactions and conversations with the person with dementia
  • II. Benefits of Reminiscing
  • a. Maximizes strengths – short vs. Long term memory
  • i. Focuses on the resident’s abilities
  • b. Pleasant diversions
  • c. Stimulates the mind
  • d. Creates an opportunity to engage the resident
  • III. Before You Begin
  • a. Choosing activities
  • i. These considerations are especially important if you are planning this as a structured activity
  • 1. Keep the person’s skills and abilities in mind
  • 2. Pay special attention to what the person enjoys
  • 3. Be aware of physical challenges or limitations
  • 4. Focus on enjoyment, not achievement
  • 5. Relate to past work life
  • 6. Look for favorites
  • 7. Adjust activities to disease stages
  • b. Supplies
  • i. It can be helpful to keep a supply of materials that aid in the reminiscing process:
  • 1. Photos from a time when your residents were younger
  • 2. Older magazines, or picture books
  • 3. Older movies
  • 4. CDs or records with songs from your resident’s younger years
  • 5. Clothing from older generations
  • ii. It is helpful to have personalized materials on hand, such as family photo albums and family home movies
  • 1. Older photos will probably stimulate the resident’s memories better than recent ones
  • iii. Keep these supplies readily available so that they can be used as needed
  • IV. Tips and Techniques
  • a. Mix nostalgia with routine
  • b. Avoid direct questions
  • c. Tell familiar stories
  • d. Multi sensory: use pictures and video
  • e. Music is powerful
  • f. Be adaptable
  • V. Communication is Key
  • a. Using the reminiscing technique effectively depends on successfully communicating with the individual, both verbally and non-verbally
  • i. Be patient and supportive
  • ii. Offer comfort and reassurance
  • iii. Avoid criticizing or correcting
  • iv. Avoid arguing
  • v. Offer a guess
  • vi. Encourage unspoken communication
  • vii. Limit distractions
  • viii. Focus on feelings, not facts

Instructor: Josh Allen, R.N. and Katie Eiseman

Josh Allen is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in senior living. As the Director of InTouch at Home, Josh oversees all aspects of business development, care, services, and operations for the organization. As a part of the SRG Senior Living family of companies, InTouch at Home delivers personalized care and services to clients living in senior living communities as well as private residences across three states.

Josh also serves on the board of the American Assisted Living Nurses Association, and represents AALNA on the boards of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living and Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations. Josh has previously served as President and CEO of Care and Compliance Group, a leading training solutions provider.

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Reminiscing with Your Residents