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Geriatric Nursing 36 (2015) 372e380

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The effectiveness of group reminiscence therapy for loneliness,
anxiety and depression in older adults in long-term care: A
systematic review

Sharifah Munirah Syed Elias, MNSc, RN, BHSc(Nurs), Cert(Geront), PhD(c) a,b,*,
Christine Neville, PhD, RN, FACMHN a, Theresa Scott, PhD, GCResMeth, BPsySc(Hons) a

a The University of Queensland, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, QLD 4072, Australia
b Department of Special Care Nursing, Faculty (Kulliyyah) of Nursing, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Hospital, 25100 Kuantan, Pahang,

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Article history:
Received 5 March 2015
Received in revised form
12 May 2015
Accepted 18 May 2015
Available online 19 June 2015

Nursing research
Reminiscence therapy

Funding: IIUM/202/C/1/1/5377.
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Loneliness, anxiety and depression are common problems for older adults in long-term care. Reminis-
cence therapy is a non-pharmacological intervention that may be of some benefit. In comparison to
individual reminiscence therapy, group reminiscence therapy is a preferred option when dealing with
the resource constraints of long-term care. The aim of this paper was to systematically review the
literature in order to explore the effectiveness of group reminiscence therapy for older adults with
loneliness, anxiety and depression in long-term care. Results indicated that group reminiscence therapy
is an effective treatment for depression in older adults, however to date, there is limited research support
for its effectiveness to treat loneliness and anxiety. Further research and an improvement in methodo-
logical quality, such as using qualitative and mixed methods approaches, is recommended to help
establish an evidence base and provide better understanding of the effectiveness of group reminiscence

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In manycountries,long-term care(LTC) forolderadults whohave
poor physical and/or mental health and functional disabilities is a
common part of the aged care system. For example, a broad range of
recent estimates of older adults in long-term care are: Australia
5.3%1; Malaysia, 0.08%2; United States of America, 3.9%3; United
Kingdom, 4.1%4; Germany, 3.2%.5 Although these percentages indi-
cate only a small

Integrated care for older people
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Guidelines on community-level interventions to manage declines
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In this DB, after watching the video Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) by Mitch Albom, answer the following questions. Refer to the video located under INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. Discuss the following prompts related to normal aging and acute and chronic co-morbid physical conditions as they relate to Morrie.
•    Discuss the modalities of reminiscence and life review and the significance of the life story of an elder.
•    What inference can you make to improve effective communication strategies for older adults with speech, language, hearing, vision, and cognitive impairment.
•    Identify the impact of culture and family values in providing quality care for older persons.

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Post a thoughtful response to at least two (2) other colleagues’ initial postings. Responses to colleagues should be supportive and helpful (examples of an acceptable comment are: “This is interesting – in my practice, we treated or resolved (diagnosis or issue) with (x, y, z meds, theory, management principle) and according to the literature…” and add supportive reference. Avoid comments such as “I agree” or “good comment.”

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