Science of Reminiscence Therapy

Clinically Proven Effects
 A study at UC San Diego showed that ReminX had a significant effect on lowering anxiety and depression in patients with dementia. Family members use the ReminX app to quickly and easily upload photos through and provide narration.  Seniors simply pick up their ReminX tablet at home to watch stories from their own and their loved one’s lives.   ReminX isn’t just for dementia patients, though.  It can be used to connect any senior to their loved ones.

Supporting RT Publications

  • Reminiscence Therapy Improves Cognitive Functions and Reduces Depressive Symptoms in Elderly People With Dementia: A-Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. CONCLUSIONS: This meta-analysis confirms that reminiscence therapy is effective in improving cognitive functions and depressive symptoms in elderly people with dementia. Our findings suggest that regular reminiscence therapy should be considered for inclusion as routine care for the improvement of cognitive functions and depressive symptoms in elderly people with dementia, particularly in institutionalized residents with dementia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26341034
  • Application of individual reminiscence therapy to decrease anxiety in an elderly woman with dementia. It was found that, after the eight sessions, the resident had a happier expression on her face, was willing to express herself more verbally, had more interaction with others, and required medication less frequently to help her sleep. Such implies that the resident's negative emotions and anxiety had improved. This experience may serve as a reference to elderly care institutions for assisting residents with anxiety. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18668489
  • Reminiscence and dementia: a therapeutic intervention. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides support for the effectiveness of integrative reminiscence therapy (RT) as an intervention in people with dementia, especially in reducing depressive symptoms and improving psychological well-being, with the therapy being effective on personal and emotional variables. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25765779
  • Reminiscence and dementia: a therapeutic intervention. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides support for the effectiveness of integrative reminiscence therapy (RT) as an intervention in people with dementia, especially in reducing depressive symptoms and improving psychological well-being, with the therapy being effective on personal and emotional variables. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25765779
  • The Efficacy of Treatment Reminders of Life with Emphasis on Integrative Reminiscence on Self-Esteem and Anxiety in Widowed Old Men Conclusion: The reminders of life therapy with emphasis on integrative reminiscence may enhance self-esteem and reduce anxiety in widowed old men. This treatment gives better results compared to the traditional treatments and it is recommended to be implemented in nursing homes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4434424/
  • The Efficacy of Treatment Reminders of Life with Emphasis on Integrative Reminiscence on Self-Esteem and Anxiety in Widowed Old Men Conclusion: The reminders of life therapy with emphasis on integrative reminiscence may enhance self-esteem and reduce anxiety in widowed old men. This treatment gives better results compared to the traditional treatments and it is recommended to be implemented in nursing homes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4434424/
  • Life review therapy for older adults with moderate depressive symptomatology: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. CONCLUSIONS. This study shows the effectiveness of life review therapy as an early intervention for depression in an ecologically valid context, supporting its applicability to a broad target group. The intervention is also effective in reducing anxiety symptoms and strengthening positive mental health. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21995889