Whilst working with Mavis, Rachael discussed her work as a teacher. Mavis has mid stage dementia and remembers little from her past and little from the previous half hour. But she does very much enjoy communication with carers and will engage on topics that are presented to her, as long as they are of interest to her. On this occasion Rachael asked where she had been a teacher and Mavis said she’d lived ‘in that place near Australia…’ and with ReMe images then found and presented about teaching in New Zealand, she began to talk about the bus journey she’d taken back from New Zealand to England after her teaching contract was finished. She described places she’d visited including Burma and India, and as she did so Rachael sourced ReMe images so that she could respond with memories. These were stored for use in future reminiscence sessions so that this topic could be explored regularly in the day care centre and at home. Her husband Bob, later told us, ‘She’s not talked about this part of her life for over 5 years and it’s great that she regained this memory’.
Rachael, Homelink Day Care Centre, Whitton and Bob Winter