Reminiscence Rooms Breathe New Life into Memory Care

New digital reminiscence units (DRUs) are the latest technology to assist elderly people with their memories, in Wiltshire, England.

According to This is, use of reminiscence as a therapy reduces the use of memory treatment drugs.

Residential facilities in Wiltire are in the forefront of the use of memory rooms, decorated with furniture and furnishings straight out of the 1950s.

This throw-back technique uses as a gentle means to help residents employ new digital reminiscence units. Special computers possess 1,000's of hours of film clips from the BBC, film archives and popular music from the 1940s to the present day. Also popular game shows from the past are presented along with  a touch screen.

Residents, who have never used a computer remark how easy it is to access, by creating personal profiles, playing quizzes, and watching old TV clips.

Such an approach is being considered in US Assisted Living and Continuing Care residents, employing American perspectives.