Researchers at the University of Bradford are studying the value of reminiscence groups for dementia sufferers.
As part of a £1.2 million trial, the university's School of Health Studies will study approximately 72 families in three waves, over the course of the next 12 months.
Researchers will visit the families' homes and interview both the dementia patient and somebody close to them several times over the course of a year.
Half of the participants will be invited to join a reminiscence group together and will meet for 12 weekly sessions in the hope that photographs, recordings and other objects used in the meetings will trigger participants' memories.
Ultimately the researchers hope to use their results to assess the value of reminiscence groups compared with the usual care provided for dementia patents and its cost-effectiveness.
This follows news that pet therapy trials held in a New Zealand care home proved successful.
Interacting with visiting dogs helped some residents to recall memories.
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