"Seeing me through my memories": a grounded theory study on the use of reminiscence with people with dementia living in long-stay care facilities

Adeline Cooney

NUI, Galway

Dr Adeline CooneyAdeline is a senior lecturer in nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway. She has a clinical background in older people and medical nursing and has worked in nursing education for over 20 years. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on a variety of topics including older people’s care and research methodologies. Her current research interests are in ageing, older people’s quality of life, the meaning of ‘‘home’’ for older people living in long-stay care settings, connectedness, dementia care and the use of reminiscence with people with dementia. Her methodological expertise is in qualitative research methodologies, in particular grounded theory. She has collaborated on a number of studies. Most recently on the DARES trial (DementiA Education Programme Incorporating REminscende for Staff)


This grounded theory study aimed to understand people with dementia, staff and relatives perspectives on reminiscence, its impact on their lives and experience of care and care giving. This study was part of the DARES... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Adeline Cooney (NUI, Galway)
  2. Andrew Hunter (NUI, Galway)
  3. Kathy Murphy (NUI, Galway)
  4. Dympna Casey (NUI, Galway)
  5. Declan Devane (NUI )
  6. Siobhan Smyth (NUI, Galway)
  7. Laura Dempsey (NUI, Galway)
  8. Edel Murphy (NUI, Galway)
  9. Fionnuala Jordan (NUI, Galway)
  10. Eamon O'shea (NUI, Galway)

Topic Area

Lifecourse, older people or dementia


OS-3B:2 » OS-3 life course 2 (14:40 - Monday, 30th March, Classroom 2)

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