Background: Group-based reminiscence, investigated in three RCTs, generated no overall therapeutic effect. When reminiscence materials and memory prompts are individual specific, there is potential for immediate and longer-term psychosocial benefits.Aim: To investigate the impact of personalized reminiscence facilitated through training and technology among people living with dementia and their family carers.Method/Practice Innovation: Using a co-creation approach, a reminiscence app was developed and refined. Next, a quasi-experimental study was conducted with testing at baseline, midpoint and endpoint. Interviews were conducted at close of intervention. Participants comprised persons living with a dementia (n = 30) and their family carers (n = 30). Each dyad received a programme of training in reminiscence and then training in the use of an iPad app to reminisce. Following this, they engaged in reminiscence activity for a three-month period.Results: Age presented no barrier to use of technology to reminisce. People living with dementia attained statistically significant increases in mutuality (p < .0005), quality of caregiving relationships (p < .0005), and emotional well-being (p < .0005) scores from baseline to endpoint. Among carers, there were increases in mutuality and quality of caregiving relationship scores, and a decrease in emotional wellbeing scores from baseline to endpoint. The changes in carer scores were not statistically significant (Laird et al., 2018). Participants perceived the intervention as a positive experience which focused on gains rather than losses in the context of memory retention and learning new skills (Ryan et al., 2018). Conclusions: People living with mild to moderate dementia and their carers can be supported to engage with digital technology. A programme of training and technology supported personalised reminiscence may be able to deliver positive impacts in the context of early to moderate dementia, without significant negative impact on carers.
|Publication status||Published - 2 May 2019|
|Event||All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association Annual Conference - Castletroy Hotel, Limerick, Ireland|
Duration: 2 May 2019 → …
|Conference||All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association Annual Conference|
|Period||2/05/19 → …|
- Dementia, Innovation, Reminiscence