In many nursing home settings, items like old photographs and records of yesteryear are used to introduce a sense of familiarity to the elderly and often as a means to kick-start conversations.
“Its therapeutic value is in its promotion of self-esteem and a positive self-image. This helps seniors better manage the impact of ageing,” AIC said.
It said reminiscence spaces help those with dementia to trigger memories from the past, and has a grounding and calming effect.
NTUC Health Nursing Home in Chai Chee went a step further by using real pushcarts, complete with wooden chairs and tables for residents to mingle, transforming the year to the 60s.