JRM Vol.19 No.6 pp. 724-727
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2007.p0724


Reminiscence - A Comparison of Conventional Therapeutic and Computer-Based Interactive Methods

Toshiyo Tamura*,**, Mariko Ohsumi***, Daisuke Oikawa****,
Yuji Higashi****, Toshiro Fujimoto****, Takatoshi Suenaga*****,
and Noriaki Kuwahara**,******

*Chiba University, Graduate School of Engineering

**ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories

***Geriatric Health Care Services Facility Green Home

****Fujimoto Hayasuzu Hospital

*****Kumamoto University, School of Medicine

******Kyoto Institute of Technology

April 3, 2007
August 20, 2007
December 20, 2007
reminiscence, occupational therapy, dementia, long-term memory, personal computer
Reminiscence therapy using photographs and a PC to present the same image was compared using images of an old-style Japanese fireplace and a washboard. Subjects undertook reminiscence therapy for a 5-minute session and we used snap reading method for analysis. Each activity was counted at 5-second intervals for 3 minutes of a 5-minute session. Subjects gazed at and made positive replies about both images, and no significant difference was seen between the two methods. We concluded that PC-based reminiscence therapy can be used effectively in conjunction with standard reminiscence therapy.
Cite this article as:
T. Tamura, M. Ohsumi, D. Oikawa, Y. Higashi, T. Fujimoto, T. Suenaga, and N. Kuwahara, “Reminiscence - A Comparison of Conventional Therapeutic and Computer-Based Interactive Methods,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.19 No.6, pp. 724-727, 2007.
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