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Reminiscing Can Improve Memory and Overall Mental Health


Both scientific and informal evidence show that telling family stories is beneficial for older people.  “Research shows that writing on or reminiscing about family history improves self-esteem, enhances feelings of control and mastery over life, and often results in a new or expanded vision of one’s life for older people,” according to 


There are many ways a senior can record his story, but he may need help. Dawn Lakasmani, of Dallas-based Seniority Counseling, uses several different reminiscence therapy techniques   She says that seniors will often tell her details about their lives that their families have no idea about. Lakasmani uses reminiscence techniques to “let the patient go where they want to go.” (

While telling one's own story is not a formally recognized therapy, it is powerful medicine for the entire family. Having a younger family member help an elder record his story is also a great opportunity for bonding and an opportunity for the young person to learn about history.Another benefit of senior storytelling is that it often leads families to reconcile long-time disputes.

Seniors can use a computer or tablet to record life stories. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 55 percent of adults 65 or older have a computer at home. Many seniors find that creating and uploading their stories to the web is rewarding and enjoyable, whether at home, in a senior center or at a computer class. Often, capturing a senior’s life story brings a young family member with great computer skills together with a senior who has amazing life experiences.

Read more about ways for seniors to tell their stories at

About Sacred Heart Villa

The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Sisters renovated St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004, with space for 57 Sisters and 40 other senior residents.  The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety and security in an environment of beauty and grace. Mass is celebrated each day, and is open to the public.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit or visit us at