Date of Award

January 2020

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Becca Levy


Reminiscence therapies are an effective intervention in increasing self-esteem, well-being, sense of personhood and even reducing distress and confusion in persons with dementia. There is even evidence that reminiscence therapies can slightly slow the progression of dementia, by enabling a cohesive narrative and sense of identity. This paper will consider relevant literature and explore the potential of using modern technological advances, such as a wealth of digital media and the ability to scan old photos, to create personalized and engaging life narratives. In addition to this paper, this special project will include a concrete example of this type of video that I will create of memorabilia, primarily photographs, from my grandfather’s life, from what exists from his early childhood up to present day. It will also include a qualitative questionnaire to be given to the participant and their care partner to assess the effectiveness of increasing well-being, personal identity and even to further understand reminiscence therapy’s relationship with dementia symptomology.


This is an Open Access Thesis.

Open Access

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