Reminiscence Activity

HHS launched a new nursing home program to help people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias unlock their memories and perhaps reduce their need for antipsychotic medications. Reminiscence Activity uses Memorable Moments bags containing items that relate to a specific theme, such as the beach or baseball.

Participating facilities received 6 bags, each with 8-10 items, which relate to a specific theme. Family or caregivers share the content of the bag with the resident and ask questions to help them stimulate specific memories. The hope is that touching and seeing the objects will tap into the resident's senses and unlock memories they can share.

The first phase of the program involved 50 nursing homes; an additional 50 were added in 2016.

About Reminiscence Activity

Reminiscence Activity uses tangible prompts, such as objects and familiar items from the past, pictures and archive sound recordings, to stimulate discussion of past activities and experiences. Discussions that prompt memories of their life and past experiences can improve well-being and reduce the reliance on antipsychotic medications to manage the behavioral symptoms often associated with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia.

Each participating facility will receive 6 different Memorable Moments bags containing 8-10 items that relate to a specific theme. These bags are intended to tap into the resident's senses and offer a topic to unlock memories the individual may have of the beach, or a garden, or baseball. These memories can trigger a dialogue that may assist families and caregivers with meaningful communication with the resident.

Reminiscence Activity Program Participants

  • Beechnut Manor, Houston
  • Bender Terrace, Lubbock
  • Blanco Villa, San Antonio
  • Brookdale Lakeway, Houston
  • Brookshire Residence and Rehab, Brookshire
  • Brownsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Brownsville
  • Calder Woods Senior Living, Beaumont
  • Caprock Nursing & Rehabilitation, Burger
  • Carriage House Manor, Sulphur Springs
  • Childers Place Nursing Home, Amarillo
  • Corinth Rehabilitation Suites, Corinth
  • Cottonwood Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation, Cedar Park
  • Duncanville Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Duncanville
  • Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Friendship
  • Garrison Geriatric Treatment and Education Center, Lubbock
  • Gibson Care Center, Aspermont
  • Golden Creek Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Navasota
  • Gracy Woods II Living Center, Austin
  • Green Acres, Huntsville
  • Green Valley Healthcare & Rehab, Fort Worth
  • Hacienda Oaks, Beeville
  • Heritage at Turner Park, Grand Prairie
  • Highland Pines Nursing Home, Longview
  • Hilltop Park Rehabilitation and Care Center, Weatherford
  • Karnes City Health and Rehab, Karnes City
  • Kingsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Kingsville
  • Lakeshore Village Healthcare Center, Waco
  • Laurenwood Nursing & Rehabilitation, Duncanville
  • Legacy Rehabilitation and Living, Amarillo
  • Legend Oaks Healthcare West Houston, Houston
  • Mission Manor Healthcare Residence, Mount Vernon
  • Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mission
  • Oxford Glen at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie
  • Park Manor of Quail Valley, Missouri City
  • Park Valley Inn Health Center, Round Rock
  • Parsons House Preston Hollow, Dallas
  • Parsons House Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Retama Manor South, Victoria
  • Retama Manor Pleasanton North, Pleasanton
  • Retama Manor Pleasanton South, Pleasanton
  • Rowlett Health & Rehab, Rowlett
  • Sagecrest Alzheimer's Care Center, San Angelo
  • Senior Care Centers Denton Post -Acute Care, Denton
  • Senior Care Centers of Harbor Lakes, Grandbury
  • Slaton Care Center, Slaton
  • The Buckingham, Houston
  • The Hillcrest of North Dallas, Dallas
  • The Landing at Watermere, Southlake
  • Twin Pines Nursing and Rehab, Victoria
  • Williamsburg Village, Desoto

Funding for the Project

HHS used existing Civil Monetary Penalty funds to certify nursing homes to participate in the program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved the program.

Participating facilities agree to:

  • Actively engage in the program
  • Participate in a 6-month study
  • Provide data to HHS as requested for the study
  • Expand the program, using Reminiscence Activity with as many people as possible
  • Participate in 3-5 mandatory webinars
  • Agree to photo and facility name releases

Want to Learn More?

For more information about the Reminiscence Activity program, email the HHS Quality Monitoring Program at