Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, Vol 4, No 2 (2016)

Reminiscence with People Living with Dementia: A Personal Reflection on its Potential to Do Harm

Lorna H. Murray
Issued Date: 15 Dec 2016


This article reflects on “reminiscence” in dementia care from a personal perspective. It warns of the potential for harm when people who may have lived through painful experiences are encouraged to remember their early life. The author recommends that reminiscence should always take place as a shared activity within caring relationships and advises caution in using it as a therapeutic tool or intervention.

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DOI: 10.1558/hscc.v4i2.26672


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