Memories were plentiful when Clapham care home Nightingale organised its first reminiscence week for residents, a highlight of which was the reopening of Nightingale’s reminiscence room, decorated in 1940s’ and 50s’ style.
With nearly two-thirds of residents affected by dementia, reminiscence activities are an integral part of Nightingale life.
To this end, the week launched Stitched Stories, a partnership between the home and Dulwich Picture Gallery which involves residents in arts and crafts sessions linked to personal memories. Other events featured the National Youth Theatre and an interactive drama company working with dementia sufferers.
Nightingale resident Marguerite Samuels compared entering the reminiscence room to “walking into my mother’s drawing room. It took me back to my childhood. We had such a lovely and entertaining time.”
Chief executive Leon Smith stressed the importance of providing “the opportunities and stimuli to enable our residents to reminisce as this is such a vital part of maintaining and improving their mental health”.