Reminiscence means sharing life experiences, memories and stories from the past.
So many of our everyday conversations and interactions rely on short-term memory. Those living with dementia are often more able to recall long-term memories, and reminiscence draws on this and enables them to relate to something. We are all unique, and all have different life stories. Remembering things from the past is positive and can produce a feeling of accomplishment, and help them gain competence and conﬁdence.
People with dementia often find themselves having things done for them, or done to them. Talking about the past can bring up happy memories and good feelings, and this can be a wonderful experience.