I have all the ration books, dolly tubs and more, but my Reminiscence work is evolving, just like we are.
More and more younger people are being diagnosed with dementia so I have brought my projects forward somewhat.
I'll give you a little example: My Mother is 70. Whilst yes, she does remember the George Formby songs and tin bath tubs, she also fondly remembers buying me and my siblings some of the above gifts for Christmas and tidying up piles of Smash Hits and Jackie magazines strewn on my bedroom floor! So reminiscence needn't be all about the war era. I have indeed put my projects in to practice in a few care homes and the Interaction between the Families has been amazing.
All the items (and more!) that are are featured on the pictures, I own, so people are reminiscing about the items whilst holding them and seeing them in the flesh.
So how would these sessions work in prisons? Quite simple really. Not only arereminiscence sessions a great talking point between the group themselves, butthey are a fantastic resourse as interaction with their families. Let's face it, many prisoners and their families get stuck on what to write when penning letters, and I know this because I receive a lot of emails from families asking for tips on what to write about!
Along with the items, there are quizzes and interaction packs for families. It's fun, it's educational and most importantly it is a fantastic talking point.
When I deliver activities, I want people to walk away talking about it.
Many people seem to associate reminiscence work with dementia, and of course it is a marvellous acitvity for those suffering with the illness, but don't we all like to reminisce? I do, do you?
Alison Henderson AKA Prison Widow UK