I found a really thoughtful summary of what reminiscence therapy is all about on the www.seniorsnetwork.co.uk, written by Doris M Daly RGN. Here it is:
"Without a memory there is no person, there is no selfhood.
A person exists from having lived through the past"
The article continues to list the important features of reminiscence therapy:
"Memory is a remarkable gift and memories are very precious"
"We all carry them on life's journey"
"Everything we have ever experienced is etched somewhere in our minds"
For most people the idea of becoming aged is something to be held in dread. Many have little or no communication with the elderly, apart from helping an `old lady' on or oft the bus. But we older people are all around, and many of us have a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share, to those who care to listen.
Please find more on the seniors network here