Precious Memories

(Dierbare Herinneringen)


Precious memories is an intervention to train autobiographical memory in older persons with depressive complaints. In five sessions, participants are trained in recalling specific positive memories. These are unique positive memoriesthat happened on a specific day in te life of the participant. The training can be implemented in care and social work. A unique feature is that the intervention can also be carried out by trained volunteers. The products consist of an implementation manual for professionals, a training manual and protocol for volunteers and an e-learning environment for volunteers.

Contact: Gerben Westerhof

Funding: De Posten, Zorggroep Sint Maarten, VITOK

Partners: De Posten, Zorggroep Sint Maarten.

Published by: Schrijverij

Evidence based intervention: Vilans database

Recent publication:

Westerhof, G. J., Korte, J., Eshuis, S., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2017). Precious Memories: A randomized controlled trial of the effects of an autobiographical memory intervention delivered by trained volunteers in residential care homes. Aging and Mental Health, 20, 1-8. Link