An exploration of the UK unpaid carer's world

Reminiscence                                                                                                                             Home page here

The simple aim of our reminiscence sessions is to build on what remains of long-term memory to aid the more dysfunctional short-term memory.  It includes helping carees and carers improve and maintain good mental health. 


You show your/a caree photos like this and earliest memories can re-emerge.  

Best to use photos with faces, of course.


Where were you on this day?

What year was it?

Can you name everyone in the photo?


Can your caree answer the questions?

If not, we might use individual and clear pictures to help in the process.

Did you play this game?

Did your caree?

Would you both like to play it at Ross DMC?

Play it again, Sam?  What memories since 1969?

Look in the loft for this game, Ludo etc.  Ask around, and bring similar items when you like. Reminiscence needn't be on the programme

You will use balls like this soon.  We sit in a circle and toss them to each other.

When you have caught one, you respond to where your right thumb is.

There might be a forties vinyl record playing in the background.

Why are these questions asked?

Who was she?

Bet you didn't know she was an inventor.

Is it likely that your caree remembers her?

Take your pick.

How many grand- or great-grand children today know about matches being used to make a cup of tea?

How many families know what a teapot looks like?
Or sit at a table for a meal, for that matter and someone pours each cup?  more more

When were tea bags invented?  

1896, 1908, 1942, 1956, 1973? 

About ten years later someone said "I think they are a great idea, but they take too long to cut open with scissors.".


"Tell me again, Grandad, about when there were two black and white TV channels and you kept getting up to change them."

There may only be a fair chance that your caree remembers this day.  How many rows can you remember?  Is your memory as fuzzy as the photo?  Think what it might be like for your caree to look at such photos and not remember.  We share thoughts on how we can all improve the situation.

More items to find in the loft and bring even when reminiscence is not on the programme.

Top picture

Princess Elizabeth (left, in uniform) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with (left to right) her mother Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, King George VI, and Princess Margaret, 8 May 1945.

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How many families know what a teapot looks like?
Or sit at a table for meal, for that matter and someone pours each cup?  

What did you collect as a child?

Where were you on this day?

Why are these questions asked earlier?


Keep thinking.

Keep thinking, not cursor-skating.


Time for pencil and paper.  You could be a carer, independent caree or a volunteer and, at present, preparing for your involvement in the "care-inward" therapy for the rest of the group - the carees.

It's creating and developing memory-digging, and discussing topics such as social change which keeps the spade sharp.  A focus is needed. The olden days have formed modern culture. We are to blame for what we find dissatisfying in the modern generations. Discuss.

At the Ross DMC, carers and independent carees answer as many questions, prompts etc, as their carees.  They are part of the therapy team and, as such, occupy two corners of the care triangle on the Home page. Link below.

Within carer and independent caree only sessions, the many angles of dementia are included. 

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                          Why we still love our black and white TVs here

                          Home page here