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Reminiscence therapy with the use of life story books: A systematic review

Salad Mohamed, Ahmed H. (2017) Reminiscence therapy with the use of life story books: A systematic review.

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Abstract:Previous studies have proven the beneficial value of reminiscence therapy. Reminisce therapy is effective for people with dementia in improving cognitive function and decreasing depressive emotions. However, little is known about how to use life story books successfully in an intervention and the possible effects of life story books. This systematic review aims to determine the possible effects life story books can have on people with dementia and how to successfully use life story books in an intervention. A systematic search was conducted by using three scientific search engines to find articles that described interventions with life story books for people with dementia.The screening process lead to a total of thirteen articles. The studies were assessed according to nine pre-determined criteria. Interventions with life story books were most successful when; people with mild to moderate dementia were recruited, care givers were involved and the participants were involved with the life review process. Life story books were associated with an improvement in autobiographical memory and higher levels of well-being. The results from previous studies were underlined in this systematic review. A life story book is an effective and multifaceted tool with much potential for people with dementia.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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