Reminiscence therapy is used for depression in older people. It involves the person reviewing the significant events of their life, both positive and negative. This can be done with a therapist working either individually or with a group of other older people.
The theory behind reminiscence therapy is that a person will naturally reflect back on their experiences as they approach the end of their life. People who do not do this are thought at risk of developing despair and depression.
There have only been two studies looking at reminiscence therapy in depressed older people. Both found it to be better than no treatment. However, one of these studies found that reminiscence was not as effective as another type of psychological therapy in which people develop their problem-solving skills.
Reminiscence therapy is not easy to get. It may be available from some organisations that provide services to older people.
There is some evidence that reminiscence therapy is useful for depression in older people, but more research is needed.