Friday, January 11, 2008

Life review programmes for older people

The Life Review Group Programme is a technique used to improve the psychological health and wellbeing of older people. It consists of a series of group discussions on topics such as childhood memories, adolescence, people's families, their jobs and friends, the greatest thing people have accomplished in life and a summary of the life review and the integration of life events. The sessions include group discussion, couple work and role-playing. A study of 75 elderly men in a nursing home in Taiwan found that the Life Review Group Programme led to significant improvements in self-esteem and life satisfaction which were maintained one month after the intervention.

Chiang, Kai-Jo ... [et al] - Evaluation of the effect of a life review group program on self-esteem and life satisfaction in the elderly International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry January 2008, 23(1), 7-10

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