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Reminiscence therapy is a type of talking therapy that is used to treat depression in older people. In reminiscence therapy, the client reviews the significant events of their life, both positive and negative. Reminiscence therapy is done with the guidance of a therapist, and can be done individually or in a group setting.
Reminiscence therapy can be structures or unstructured. Reminiscence therapy allows a person to reflect back on their life in a supportive environment. Reminiscence therapy might help to improve mood in a number of ways, such as:
There is a small amount of evidence to show that reminiscence therapy is helpful for depression in older people. It has been found to be more effective than receiving no treatment. It has also been found to be more effective than placebo (dummy) pills. Reminiscence therapy has been found to be about as effective as cognitive behaviour therapy in older people.
Reminiscence therapy is not as widely available as other types of therapy. It may be available from some therapists, such as psychologists and counsellors, or organisations that provide services to older people.
There is some evidence that reminiscence therapy is effective for treating depression in older people, but more research is needed.
Last reviewed and updated: 1 November 2019