Facilitating spiritual reminiscence for people with dementia: a learning guide

Mathews, Ian (2016) Facilitating spiritual reminiscence for people with dementia: a learning guide. Practice, 30 (1). pp. 75-76. ISSN 0950-3153

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Facilitating Spiritual Reminiscence for People with Dementia. A Learning Guide
E. MacKinlay and C. Trevitt
London: Jessica Kingsley, 2015
110 pp.
£22.99 (pb), ISBN: 9781849055734

According to the introduction, this thought-provoking and usable guide written by two experienced and well-regarded Australian practitioners, aims to promote reminiscence as a way of communicating that acknowledges the person as a spiritual being and seeks to engage the person in a more meaningful and personal way.

As can be seen from this initial assertion, this guide is based on a range of contested assumptions not least the nature of spirituality and the role that spiritual understandings play in understanding life, and the value and purpose of reminiscence. The underlying premise is that humanity is innately spiritual and that exploring the narrative of life and our own personal biography is therapeutic, especially for people with dementia.

Keywords:Dementia
Subjects:L Social studies > L900 Others in Social studies
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:20 Mar 2018 16:20

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