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date: 22 September 2019

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Reminiscence therapy is an evidence-based treatment for geriatric depression. This chapter reviews the literature on the definition of reminiscence and its use as a therapy for older adults. It also reviews the evidence for the efficacy of various types of reminiscence therapies for older adults with dementia and depression. Two types of reminiscence therapy—life review and life review therapy—have compelling support as efficacious treatments for improving well-being and for reducing depression. Some support is available for the efficacy of reminiscence therapy for reducing problems associated with dementia, but more research is indicated. The chapter concludes with an overview of the purported mechanisms of reminiscence therapy and areas for further investigation.

Keywords: reminiscence, life review, psychotherapy, depression, dementia

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