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The Past in the Present

It is proven that reminiscing contributes to people's health and well being, whether young or old. This deceptively simple activity helps people integrate and find meaning in their life experiences. In The Past in the Present you will find a diverse collection of methods-both formal and informal-for working successfully with individuals, couples, and groups. Anyone in a care-giving role can reap the rewards of using reminiscence. Author Faith Gibson, a renowned reminiscence expert, provides all the tools you need, from the commonplace to the unique, to help others * improve life satisfaction * build self-esteem * resurrect coping and problem-solving skills * enhance communication * diminish social isolation * develop deeper relationships You'll find the most productive formats for constructing and recording the life story, techniques to unlock therapeutic barriers, multi-sensory triggers that stimulate recall, themes and topics to elicit memories, and inter-generational activities that reach young and old alike. An entire section compassionately guides you in using reminiscence in dementia care, including home care, adult day centres, and in residential facilities. Plus, for the first time anywhere, learn how reminiscence can be used as a dynamic tool for staff development, improving the skills and care delivery of direct care staff. The Past in the Present is an essential reminiscence resource for nursing staff and paraprofessionals, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, activity directors, recreation therapists, professionals providing training programs for volunteers and family caregivers, community groups, and schools and college programs proving community service and inter-generational outreach. Instructors in gerontology and related disciplines will find this an insightful, essential addition to their curricula.
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Faith Gibson, M.A., is Emeritus Professor of Social Work in the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. She holds degrees in psychology, education, and social work and is a graduate of the Universities of Sydney, Queensland, and Chicago. While a student at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, she received awards from the University of Chicago and the American Association of University Women as well as a Fulbright travel award. While her earlier social work career was in the child care field Faith Gibson has been interested in social work practice, policy, research, and reaching concerned with social work, social gerontology dementia care, and reminiscence theory and practice.


"This book is truly the work of an expert practitioner who can share her knowledge in a helpful format for all to use... a gift to the reminiscers of the future." - Barbara K. Haight, R.N., Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina"

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