Where do you feel most stimulated? In a care home there may be very little that is stimulating. This can lead to anxiety, loneliness, depression and worse. Sometimes when we arrive at a care home to run a session, people are already along that path, so it might not be a good idea to launch in with too much reminiscence right away. At times I do like to use some purely sensory content using the iPad.
When I was on Brighton beach at the beginning of the summer I took the time to sit and relax. more >
In today's special Valentine's themed guided reminiscence session, John requested ‘The Last Waltz’ and everybody sang with him with such enthusiasm. Afterwards I asked why he’d chosen that song and he told me that it was the first dance he’d had with his wife when he first met her at a tea dance at the Bournemouth Pavilion in 1943. They were married in 1946. more >