Following each reminiscence meeting, the monitor has to fill
in the session record, which gathers all relevant information
and observations according to the given model. Here are some
guidelines about what should be put in such a record:
- Information about date, duration and participants at
a reminiscence session
- Discussed topics, activities
plan, stimulation methods, material and didactic resources
used during the session, as well as their efficiency.
Comments concerning practical elements that contributed
to the success of the meeting (like the arrangement of the
chairs in order to allow everybody see and hear properly).
Comments on what disturbed the session (noise, lack of cooperation,
- Information about group dynamics and suggestions
towards making everybody become more active within the group
Whether the goal of the session has been reached and in
- Ideas and suggestions on how to improve
future reminiscence meetings
This type of record keeping should clearly make the difference
between facts and opinions. We recommend jotting down only facts.
For example, it is not useful to mention: „X has been in a bad/
depressive mood at today’s session” – as this is a rather personal
observation. If the monitor considers observations about X.’s
state of mind as being relevant for the session, he may write
it down, but not what he personally noticed of felt, unless
that person has specifically mentioned being in a bad/ depressive
mood that day.
It is highly important that all records and written observations
concerning reminiscence sessions should be kept in a place where
only staff involved in reminiscence activities should have access.