The Use of Reminiscence Therapy for the Treatment of Depression in Rural-Dwelling Older Adults

This article was published in 2002 and outlines the use of reminiscence therapy as an intervention for elderly clients. The 18 activities recommended by the Nursing Interventions Classification reminiscent therapy intervention are listed as suitable for older adults. Directions for facilitating reminiscence therapy is given.


 This article explores the potential for the use of reminiscence therapy as an effective means of reducing depression among institutionalized, rural-dwelling elders, especially elderly women. Reminiscence therapy is a nurse-initiated intervention that has the advantages of being cost-effective, therapeutic, social, and recreational for the institutionalized older adult. As a communicative psychosocial process, reminiscence therapy has proven to be a valuable intervention for the depressed elderly client (Cully, LaVoie, & Gfeller, 2001; Haight & Hendrix, 1998; Haight, Michel, & Hendrix, 1998, 2000). It has been shown that depressed elders living in rural areas resist treatment from mental health services for a variety of different reasons (Molinari, Boeve, Kunik, & Snow-Turek, 1999; Neese, Abraham, & Buckwalter, 1999). For those elders, reminiscence therapy may prove an extremely beneficial alternative to more traditional treatment modalities in reducing the effects of depression and depressive symptoms.

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Ellen Davis Jones, ND, FNP-C, RN and Rebecca Beck-Little, PhD, RN
Year of Publication: 
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Number 3
April - May 2002
Taylor & Francis health sciences.
Date Published: 
Friday, April 1, 2016
Place Published: 
Philadelphia, PA
Publication Language: 
Sandra P. Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN



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