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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Reminiscence and Life Review

Reminiscence and Life Review

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(p.781) 72 Reminiscence and Life Review
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
Author(s):

Berit Ingersoll-Dayton

Angela Bommarito

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0072

Reminiscence and life review are significant natural coping mechanisms, and, as treatment modalities, both can help older adults find meaning through reflection on their life experiences. The appeal of reminiscence and life review for geriatric social workers and other mental health professionals, is that the interventions are non-judgmental, non-stigmatizing, and easy to provide to older adults. This chapter is divided into four sections. The first section addresses the theoretical background of reminiscence and life review. The second examines the efficacy of life review and reminiscence interventions for different target groups. The third section describes successful intervention methods, and the fourth discusses implications for practice in relation to several emerging issues in reminiscence and life review research.

Keywords:   reminiscence, life review, coping mechanisms, elderly, social work practice

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