Life is beautiful: Using reminiscence groups to promote well-being among Chinese older people with mild dementia

  title={Life is beautiful: Using reminiscence groups to promote well-being among Chinese older people with mild dementia},
  author={Angela Wai Yan Shik and Judia Sau-Chun Yue and Kwong-leung Tang},
This paper describes the design and implementation of a reminiscence group for Chinese older people with mild dementia at a Hong Kong nursing home. Specifi cally, participant observation indicated that such groupwork resulted in improved social, cognitive, and motor skills, and increased display of positive affect. Thus, this project provides evidence of the relevance of reminiscence groupwork for older people from a Chinese cultural background; most particularly, its ability to create a… Expand
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