Photos, especially printed ones, have the power to throw us back in time and evoke strong emotions within us. But they also have healing power for those suffering from dementia. Recent research has shown the benefits of photo reminiscence therapy (pRT) for dementia patients. But it’s even more interesting that they don’t need images from their lives – even generic stock photos will do.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many nursing homes went into a full lockdown. The elderly folks fall within the most vulnerable group, so many of them are still in isolation. But an employee at Sydmar Lodge Care Home decided to cheer the residents up during lockdown. Robert Speker recreated famous album covers with them to lift their spirits up, and his wholesome project soon got viral.