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Reminiscence in dementia: A concept analysis

Overview of attention for article published in Dementia, August 2012
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Reminiscence in dementia: A concept analysis
Published in
Dementia, August 2012
DOI 10.1177/1471301212456277
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Laura Dempsey, Kathy Murphy, Adeline Cooney, Dympna Casey, Eamon O’Shea, Declan Devane, Fionnuala Jordan, Andrew Hunter


This paper is a report of an analysis of the concept of reminiscence in dementia and highlights its uses as a therapeutic intervention used on individuals with dementia. No single definition of reminiscence exists in healthcare literature; however, definitions offered have similar components. The term life review is commonly used when discussing reminiscence; however, both terms are quite different in their goals, theory base and content. This concept analysis identified reminiscence as a process which occurs in stages, involving the recalling of early life events and interaction between individuals. The antecedents of reminiscence are age, life transitions, attention span, ability to recall, ability to vocalise and stressful situations. Reminiscence can lead to positive mental health, enhanced self esteem and improved communication skills. It also facilitates preparation for death, increases interaction between people, prepares for the future and evaluates a past life. Reminiscence therapy is used extensively in dementia care and evidence shows when used effectively it helps individuals retain a sense of self worth, identity and individuality.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 4 3%
Spain 2 1%
India 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Unknown 148 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 27 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 16%
Researcher 22 14%
Student > Bachelor 20 13%
Student > Postgraduate 12 8%
Other 30 19%
Unknown 23 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 34 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 22 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 20 13%
Social Sciences 19 12%
Computer Science 10 6%
Other 26 16%
Unknown 28 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 January 2015.
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