Reminiscence Work with Old People

  • Clare Gillies
  • Anne James

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Clare Gillies, Anne James
    Pages 1-11
  3. Clare Gillies, Anne James
    Pages 13-22
  4. Clare Gillies, Anne James
    Pages 23-33
  5. Clare Gillies, Anne James
    Pages 35-51
  6. Clare Gillies, Anne James
    Pages 53-65
  7. Clare Gillies, Anne James
    Pages 67-77
  8. Clare Gillies, Anne James
    Pages 79-91
  9. Clare Gillies, Anne James
    Pages 93-132
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 133-148

About this book


Perhaps being old is like having lighted rooms Inside your head, and people in them, acting People you know, but can't quite name. Philip lArkin This book is about those very old people who have a great many memories but few friends left to share them with. It is about valuing and using their memories to enhance the quality of their lives, that is, about reminiscence work. Many professionals offer this help to older people, including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and clinical psychologists, as do families and voluntary workers. Its elements can be incorporated into day-to-day contacts with older people or it may take place in more structured settings. The transitional period from mature middle age to dependent old age is neither distinct nor precise. It does not occur at an identifiable time, it may be prolonged and it may not be obvious to the old people or their families. Loss of autonomy; the inability to cope unaided with the tasks of daily living, and increasing physical and mental frailty probably signal the area of transition. The diminished self-confidence that some old people feel at this time may be compounded by personal loss and financial difficulties; enforced changes in their lifestyles may also add to their confusion.


Confidence autonomy information quality signal social work

Authors and affiliations

  • Clare Gillies
    • 1
  • Anne James
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesOxford Brookes UniversityUK
  2. 2.Locality Development ManagerOxfordshire Health and Social ServicesUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-58070-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2985-3
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