Reminiscence A Culturally and Developmentally Appropriate Language Intervention for Older Adults Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   August 01, 1997
Reminiscence
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Joyce L. Harris
    The University of Memphis, TN
  • Contact author: Joyce L. Harris, PhD, School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, The University of Memphis, 807 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, TN 38105 Email: jlharris@cc.memphis.edu
Article Information
Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Language Disorders / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   August 01, 1997
Reminiscence
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1997, Vol. 6, 19-26. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0603.19
History: Received January 3, 1997 , Accepted May 20, 1997
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1997, Vol. 6, 19-26. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0603.19
History: Received January 3, 1997; Accepted May 20, 1997

This article describes a rationale for the use of reminiscence therapy as a language intervention that is particularly well-suited for older adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Reminiscence therapy is based on Butler's (1963) life review theory. Cognitive-linguistic aspects of reminiscence activity are discussed in the context of clinician-directed language activities that make use of the self-generated, autobiographical "language of reminiscence" as suitable content for language intervention. The article also provides programming suggestions and sample clinical activities.

Author Note
Preparation of this manuscript was supported in part by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (AG11715) under the auspices of the Center for Applied Cognitive Research on Aging, an Edward R. Roybal Center for Research on Applied Gerontology.
The author expresses appreciation to the many participants in “A Time to Remember,” a weekly reminiscence group in the Extended Care Therapy Center at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, where she was previously employed.
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