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In the video, the residents had the opportunity to reminisce on memories that were triggered by the various items that they pulled out of the basket. It allowed them the chance to focus on pleasurable memories, rather than evaluating their lives (Wheeler, 2020). It also helped to increase socialization and the sense of connectedness (Wheeler, 2020). As Daphne, one of the residents said, sometimes residents come in, and you donâ€™t even get to learn anything about them. The reminiscence session allowed the residents to socialize with one another and connect through the memories they shared about certain items.
The video utilized principles that were applicable to working with a specific population. As Knight (2009) explains, therapy changes when working with older clients. Rather than relating therapy to developmental stage, it is more so related to the social-environmental context (Knight, 2009). Therapists working with this population should have knowledge regarding the various different skills, values, and life experiences that these individuals may have. For example, the group leader of this session knew that the rabbit skin glove that she brought in was popular in the 1940s, and that they would be likely to evoke memories within some of the residents.
The session progressed as I anticipated it would. The group leader allowed for communication to happen among group members by sharing memories and stories. I had hoped for more communication to occur between group members, however. The group leader seemed to go from each member and didnâ€™t expand on the conversations very much.
Overall, I thought this was a nice session to have for older adults. It was nice to see how happy some of the members got when they shared their memories over the items. I also liked how the member, Daphne, shared that sometimes it is hard to get to know people so sessions like this can help develop conversations and relationships.