Photo Reminiscence Therapy could improve life for dementia patients

A box of old photos
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The National Institute for Dementia Education has just announced the results from a study on the cognitive benefits of photo Reminiscence Therapy (pRT) for dementia patients. The study concluded that pRT can improve the quality of life for those living with dementia by reducing social isolation and improving general cognitive performance. 

Reminiscence Therapy is the discussion of past events, activities and experiences using visual, tangible aids such as photographs or familiar items as prompts. For years the power of photo Reminiscence Therapy has been under-represented in the research community but, following the results of this study, it could be used to help more people suffering from dementia. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.