Sharing memories or reminiscing about the past is an enjoyable way to connect with someone that has Alzheimer’s or dementia. When it comes to dementia, most people lose their short-term memory, but can still recall older memories.

DementiaThe goal for this type of therapy is to help these seniors feel valued, contented, and peaceful. These positive memories can help decrease stress, reduce agitation, and minimize challenges.

There are four gentle reminiscence therapy activities that can help seniors with memory problems:

  1. Listen to their favorite music
  2. Look at photos, keepsakes, or magazines
  3. Smell familiar scents and taste favorite foods
  4. Enjoy tactile activities like painting, pottery, or other crafts

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