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Age Exchange - Creating and Running a Reminiscence Group Training Event

Date published: 16/11/2017

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Age Exchange Training Event,Tuesday 5 December 10.30 – 4.00pm
Alexandra House Hamstel Rd, Harlow CM20 1BU
Creating and Running a Reminiscence Group. (Using Reminiscence to improve well- being and positive relationship in care and community settings)
Age Exchange uses reminiscence arts with older people to creatively explore memories and bring to life stories, experiences and shared heritage.
This practical training day is aimed at carers and artists working in the community.
Reminiscence helps to improve and enhance relationships in care settings between residents and care staff alike.  There is proven evidence that it improves well-being and quality of life, stimulating creativity and assisting in meeting people’s needs as well as informing personal care plans.
The day covers the practicalities of setting up a reminiscence group. We will look at some practical activities and possible outputs of reminiscence activities in the community or in care. We will also address some of the challenges in working with reminiscence and the principals of good practice.
Places are limited and on a first come first served basis. To book please email:andrew.ward@essex.gov.uk 

(Evaluation report of Age Exchange’s Reminiscence Arts service in Dementia Care by Royal Holloway University of London 2015)

Well-being of participants with dementia increased by 42% and positive behaviour increased by 25% as a result of taking part in Reminiscence Arts activity.

Group Reminiscence Arts sessions significantly improved the quality of life of people living with dementia in the first 50 minutes.

Engaging in Reminiscence Arts has the potential to enhance care home residents’ lives by improving their connection to both the place they currently live and to spaces of memory and imagination.

 Attending a Group Reminiscence Arts session steadily and significantly improves the quality of life of people living with dementia week-on-week over a 24 week period.

Reminiscence Arts is a fusion of different art forms and reminiscence practices that is unique to Age Exchange. It responds to the interests, life-histories, abilities and needs of participants living with dementia.

Group Reminiscence Arts sessions create a social space for all those who participate, including artists, carers and people living with dementia. By including a range of art-forms, Reminiscence Arts creates the opportunity for a wide range of social, cultural and aesthetic interactions