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Sounds Familiar

Reminiscence is the process of recollecting past experiences or events and thinking about them or sharing them with others. Using sound is a powerful way to connect to memories and purposeful listening can be a very positive activity.

Reminiscing can help develop conversations, maintain someone’s identity, highlight a person’s talents and achievements, help people process past events. It can help to stimulate the mind and functioning senses and enable people to share their opinions and have some fun!


This is a great theme for reminiscing! These activities give you the chance to talk about your own childhood and about any children you have looked after.

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Going out or staying in, these sound recordings convey the wide variety of ways that people make their own fun.

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Food and Health

The activities in this theme include sounds and stories from a range of cultures. It is interesting to hear how people’s eating habits and how they look after themselves have changed over time.

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Great Outdoors

Bring the outdoors inside with sound clips and recordings celebrating life beyond the doorstep. Getting out and about is not always possible but listening to outdoor sounds can be a comfort and prompt good memories.

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They say, ‘a change is as good as a rest’! Let these sound clips and stories transport you to another time and place.

See activities for 'Holidays'

Working Life

The activities in this theme explore the sights, sounds and smells of workplaces. You will hear people talking about the best of jobs and the worst of jobs that they had.

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