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Reminiscence & Discussions

Reminiscence is a free-flowing process of thinking or talking about one’s experiences in order to reflect on and recapture significant events of a lifetime.

We all live in the present, yet we still carry our “past” selves with us throughout our lives. We are part of a rich history that needs to be shared and preserved.

The stories we tell about our lives are also important sources of self-identity and enable us to explore and relate our past to the present.

Older people often lose what has defined them: family, spouses, friends, careers, and their homes. They need to remember who they were to help define who they are today.

Reminiscence offers a chance to re-examine one’s life, pursue remote memories, recall past events and accomplishments, and seek personal validation.

You will find some PowerPoint presentations  are to be used in conjunction with  PowerPoint notes to assist you in running a reminiscence / discussion afternoon.

Tip: If there  are videos in the presentation, it maybe best if you open them prior to your presentation and keep them minimised in the background to shorten opening time when the link is clicked.

Most will have Microsoft Office PowerPoint on their computers, if you do not you may still  view these presentations if you download PowerPoint Viewer from here, free from the Microsoft website.

Click on the images below to view the presentation. If presentation does not open straight away you may need to save it first.

When you connect your laptop computer to a television or projector you will  be able to scroll through the slides as normal by pressing the enter key on your laptop. When viewing presentation ensure it is set to slideshow mode.

To view our files please make sure you have the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader
Please CLICK HERE to download the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader

Click on the images below to download, along with relative documentation










The Flowers Set, The Wildlife Set, The Mighty Murray River, The Sporting Set and the Australian Animal Set should be downloaded and laminated, back to back picture with corresponding discussion questions.  

Programs that have a corresponding Powerpoint Presentation – You will still need to print the original Reminiscence/Discussion printed to get the documentation needed. 








































































































































Comments (12)

  1. Marcia / May 31, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    hi there
    where has the Australian icons gone? im planning to use this afternoon and i cant find them any where, its the one with the picture then a short story about each icon

    • birgitmh / May 31, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Marcia

      I am trying to think which one you mean, nothing has changed on this page.


  2. Darnall Graham / May 19, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    The Residents love your Discussion/ Reminisce presentations. They especially enjoy them when there is a power point presentation. They become more engaged because they can see pictures. It would be fabulous if they all had a power point presentation.

    • birgitmh / May 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Darnall.

      I am so pleased your residents are enjoying them, I will add all the others to the to do list 🙂

      Birgit 🙂

      • Marcia / May 31, 2021 at 8:08 pm

        Hi all good I think now it was from another resource that I brought….I was pretty sure it was on this site but not meant to be
        I used the Australian animals one today and residents really enjoyed it, we are doing Sydney harbour bridge on Wednesday
        Thanks for you all do makes our job so much easier

        • birgitmh / June 1, 2021 at 10:08 am

          Thanks for letting me know … I was getting concerned I missed something.

          Take care and stay safe 🙂

  3. Khushali Surti / May 30, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Hi I was unable to find Srilanka flag bunting. Please forward me via email if possible. Many Thanks

  4. Abbey / October 16, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    We absolutely love these reminiscence sessions. I however have a few Royal fans in the Special Care Unit but am having trouble opening up the Royal Family Picture Quiz any ideas if it will be back online?
    Also wondering if cute animals (cuddly looking )different countries( as many of my residents have travelled), common flowers (roses, wattle, herbs, etc ) are available anywhere.
    I have been trying to make my own but of course don’t turn out as awesome as yours.
    Thanks Heaps

    • BIRGIT / October 18, 2019 at 9:41 am

      Cheryl-lee I was unaware that the link had broken for the Royal Family Picture Quiz, should be fixed now. I will work on the other requests.
      Thank you for your comments, greatly appreciated.

      • Abbey / October 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm

        Thankyou so much Ill be printing off the Royals ready to use.
        Just another hint at other topics that would be awesome using Retro pictures, household items from the 40’s/50’s, ladies eg: (old washing machine with ringer, stick, old washing line, wooden pegs, knitting/wool, Singer sewing machine) and men’s one ( eg: push lawnmower, the grass edger outside toilet, plane – tools) Kitchen items ( old Smeg fridge, mixer stand, milk bottles- milk van, canisters, meat safe, block ice delivery, wooden rolling pin.
        I am just so blown away how much the residents really enjoy these packs that I am able to put together thanks to Quality Ageing
        Thanks Heaps

  5. Abbey / July 8, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Wow these look great for our Dementia Unit can’t wait to print them off and use this week
    Thankyou very much

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