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Use of Reminiscence Therapy in Patients With Alzheimer's Disease

Pittiglio, Laura MSN, RN

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Reminiscence therapy is an effective nursing intervention to enhance self-esteem, reduce social isolation and depression, and provide comfort in the elderly population. Nursing case managers, in any setting, who are working with the elderly population will likely encounter patients with this debilitating disease. This article describes reminiscence therapy and how it can be used in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease. Strategies for using reminiscence therapy with patients who have Alzheimer's disease are discussed.

Laura Pittiglio has an MSN and BSN in Adult Primary Care from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She currently teaches students at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, in unassisted geriatric living sites and has successfully used multisensory kits, game playing, and story telling as a form or reminiscence therapy in this population of clients.

Address for reprints: Laura Pittiglio, 61522 Wagon Wheel Court, Washington, Michigan 48094; e-mail:

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