"The research now compels us to conclude that Reminiscense should have a prominent place in the daily activities of seniors with and without dementia.  Custodians of the elderly should take the necessary steps to implement an activities program which includes Remeniscence and Nostalgia."




Excerpts from Scientific Studies on Reminiscence Therapy

From the National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov)




Int J Ment Health Nurs

. 2020 Jun;29(3):364-371.


Results showed the effectiveness of reminiscence therapy in older adults with Alzheimer's disease, area of cognition, depression, activities of daily living, and quality of life. Additionally, for the therapy to be effective, it must be conducted regularly in a small group of patients for an average of 45 min for 8- to 12-week duration. Patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease are most likely to benefit with the use of photographs, videos, and music that are associated with their past experiences.


Cochrane Database Syst Rev

. 2018 Mar 1;3(3)


RT has some positive effects on people with dementia in the domains of QoL, cognition, communication and mood. Care home studies show the widest range of benefits, including QoL, cognition and communication (at follow-up). Individual RT is associated with probable benefits for cognition and mood. Group RT and a community setting are associated with probable improvements in communication.


Int J Aging Hum Dev

. 1990;30(3):189-96


using reminiscence for the purpose of life review was positively correlated with high ego-integrity scores in this sample of elderly individuals. This significant, positive relationship supports Butler's life-review theory and provides a link between the life review type of reminiscence and the resolution of Erikson's eighth and final developmental stage--a yardstick of successful aging.


Front Psychol

. 2021 Aug 17;12:709853


Conclusion: Reminiscence therapy significantly increased older adults' remission from depression and quality of life immediately after the intervention. 


Int J Geriatr Psychiatry

. 2007 Dec;22(12):1235-40.


Conclusion: Participation in reminiscence activities can be a positive and valuable experience for demented older persons. Consequently, the development of a structured care program for elderly persons with cognitive impairment and the need for long-term care is essential. Thus, health providers in long-term care facilities should be trained in reminiscence group therapy, and to be able to deliver such a program to the targeted group.


Medicine (Baltimore)

. 2021 Sep 3;100(35):


reminiscence therapy alleviates mental illness and improves quality of life


J Clin Nurs

. 2018 Jul;27(13-14):2609-2619


Results: Reminiscence therapy relieved depression and anxiety. Both the reminiscence function and cognitive emotion regulation became more favourable after interventions.


Geriatr Nurs

. Sep-Oct 2015;36(5):372-80


Results indicated that group reminiscence therapy is an effective treatment for depression in older adults


West J Nurs Res

. 2009 Oct;31(6):772-86


Findings demonstrate that integrative reminiscence has a positive effect on decreasing depressive symptoms in older African Americans.


Int Psychogeriatr

. 2015 Oct;27(10):1731-7


Conclusions: This study provides support for the effectiveness of integrative reminiscence therapy (RT) as an intervention in people with dementia, especially in reducing depressive symptoms and improving psychological well-being, with the therapy being effective on personal and emotional variables.