J Aging Hum Dev 1987;25(3):209-222
Virginia Commonwealth University.
Twenty-seven demented elderly nursing home residents were
given either reminiscence group therapy or supportive group
therapy or were assigned to a no-treatment control group. The
self-reported level of depression in participants given
reminiscence therapy was positively affected compared to
participants in the supportive therapy and control groups,
but no significant effects were found for cognitive or
behavioral functioning. Results are discussed in terms of the
issue of the applicability of reminiscence therapy for
cognitively impaired persons, the appropriateness of the
measures used in this study to assess depression, cognitive
ability and behavioral functioning, and in conjunction with
clinical observations made during the process of therapy.