European Reminisence Network

Review of RYCTT project: Czech Republic

Highlights of our project

The 2-day training course

  • “Excellent  overview of ideas about how to remember and play”

    “Description and then drawing the memories was an amazing discovery for me”.

    A trainee

    A 2-day training course was delivered by trainers who had already participated in Pam Schweitzer’s courses: Hana Janeckova, University teacher, Hana Cizkova, High School Teacher, and Renata Nentvichova Novotna, trainee social worker

  • A theoretical background was built into the course and we required apprentices to establish and work with their own reminiscence groups.

After participating in the course:

  • One of the participants used her new skills in connection with her research project and included reminiscence in the syllabus for nursing studies

  • Jana, another trainee, opened her own home for seniors and implemented the so-called ‘reminiscence culture’ there

  • Alena used the idea of collages, improved it very creatively (with textile applications) and used it in her bachelor thesis on reminiscence at the University, for which she won the Dean’s prize


  • Apprentices
There were 20 students enlisted on our apprenticeship project - 19 women and 1 man, including those with backgrounds as social workers, nurses, students of psychology and professional carers

  • There were 10 sessions held involving families, 8 of which were led by apprentices

  • Active participation was required of all apprentices, taking the form of planning the sessions, bringing the triggers, creation of the environment, supporting of the families, writing up sessions, observation, writing up debriefing notes, circulating these written records to all other apprentices, volunteers and group leaders


  • Certificates
The apprentices were assessed by three lecturers, Hana Janeckova, Hana Cizkova and Renata Nentvichova Novotna

  • They completed practical work, written assignments and oral presentations. Observation of the trainees during their work on the project was also very relevant

  • 20 trainees successfully graduated as Faciliators of RYCT and received an accreditation certificate


Families we worked with

10 families participated in our project. 26 people with dementia, 30 family carers were included in small groups created individually by the apprentices to prove their ability to lead a reminiscence group.

Positive reactions of carers:

  • “I can understand my mother´s behaviour better. I enjoy going out with her and I talk more to her.“

    “I cope with the situation much better than before.“
  • “I feel I have more energy.“
  • “I have more backbone to cope with everything.“
  • “Being with my wife (with dementia) I feel safe and at peace.“
  • “I have got to know my father much better.”
  • “I was surprised how stimulating this new experience was.”
  • “I am feeling relaxed and satisfied because I now know it is possible to have nice experiences.”

    “I experience more emotions and I don’t feel guilty anymore.
  • “I am not worried about the future.“
  • “I feel moved.”

Some negative feelings were also expressed during the sessions:

  • I do not feel good spending time with my mother.”
  • “I feel tired, and I am afraid that everything will get more complicated in the coming years.“

    “I feel stressed and depressed.”
  • “I am not feeling any emotions, I stay untouched, numb“.
  • “My husband is getting more and more dependent on me.“
  • “I blame myself for everything.”

Creative Remembering with Families in Prague 2013-14


Elements of drama

Elements of drama

View our presentation which explains how drama was used in our reminiscence work:

Drama in reminiscence work
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Learning by doing

Learning by doing

View our presentation which explains our 'learning by doing' approach to apprentice training:

Learning by doing
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End products

End products

At the end of the project the work with families produced:

Collages, memory boxes, maps, video records of  dance, drama and pantomime

Previous RTRT project

The previous reminiscence project by the Czech Republic can be viewed on the RTRT area of the site: Click to view

Contact us

Contact us

Diakonie ČCE – Středisko křesťanské pomoci v Praze
Diaconia of ECCB – Centre for the Christian Help in Prague


Hana Janeckova

Petr Veleta

Lottery funded

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

Lifelong Learning Programme

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