European Reminisence Network

Review of RYCTT project: Germany

Germany RYCTT

Kassel Experiences (2012-2014)

Arts projectsAngelika Trilling, Barbara Koblitz and Alison Schaeffer were the partners in Germany who, as part of the RYCTT project, ran two Reminiscence training workshops with 22 participants.

13 different projects were initiated/carried out including:

  • Free painting -
    with Hildegard Schwarz (see image of painting sessions with carers on right)
  • Eurythmy - with Julia Schiffmann
  • Recreating fairy tales -
    with Margarete Dettbarn
  • Poetry and recitation - with Johannes Disselhorst
  • Dancing Lessons - with Lea Malin Peters & Marietheres Schröder
  • View a presentation for further information about the Kassel Experiences:

    London presentation
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    Reminiscence Boxes - with Karl Bieda
  • Reminiscence Group with clown - with Dorothea Gertig
  • "Treasure  Box" - Training project for students of Musikakademie Louis Spohr Kassel with Verena Dotzler
  • Arts - Kassel University Arts Department - with Sefan  Balkenhol
  • "Yesterday" Dance peformance - with Kasseler Tanzwerkstatt & Pamela Hering
  • Reminiscence Group with music - with Alison Schaeffer
  • Reminiscence Theatre - with Steffi Braun & Konstanze Leggewie
  • Exploring Music - with Regina von Lührmann

Reminiscence project
Image above: Mrs. Ghazal's Reminiscence Box - project with Karl Bieda

Partners meeting in October 2013, Poznan

Partners meeting in October 2013, Poznan

At the Partners meeting in Poznan (see image above), we presented the Kassel profile of RYCTT. This included discussion on:

  • View our full presentation from the Partners meeting in Poznan:

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    Embedding the project into the city's exisiting dementia support system
  • Attracting artists to the field of dementia and qualifying them to practice their arts in teh context of dementa
  • By inviting artists ZEDA (local centre for persons with dementia) aims at promoting the inclusion of persons with dementia and their families into the community

    View our presentation about reminiscence work in the context of co-operation between Wielkopolska and Hesja - 2013:

    Reminiscence work presentation

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How co-operation works and develops:

  • Individuals use the opportunies of the twin regions Wielkopolska and Hesja

  • They match up, connect and develop new ideas

  • They attract new partners to disseminate ideas and concepts and just continue co-operating and networking – with or without funding….

A few highlights from the project

Reminiscence Theatre - with Steffi BraunReminiscence Theatre

Exploring Musical Memories - with Regina von Lührmann
Exploring Musical Memories - with Regina von Lührmann

"Yesterday" dance performance - with Pam Hering
"Yesterday" dance performance - with Pam Hering


Conclusions from the Kassel project

Using the arts

Artists are highly interested to venture into the field of dementia.

However, especially those who are very experienced, prefer to find their individual way on how to run the project instead of taking part in formal reminiscence training.

They seem to include reminiscence aspects "naturally“ in their work, thereby developing their own new approaches.

They can, by setting up a public performance, attract considerable awareness of dementia within the community and at the same time revise their own perception of persons with dementa.

The image below is a poster inviting visitors to "join in" the musical performance.

Kassel Music Academy

Kassel Music Academy

Students of the Kassel Music Academy run a 9 month course (singing / movement) for persons with dementia and their carers.

Previous RTRT project

The previous reminiscence project by Germany can be viewed on the RTRT area of the site:
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Contact us

Contact us

Diakonisches Werk Kassel

Address: Hermannstrasse 6,
34117 Kassel

Barbara Koblitz
Fax 0561-71288-88


Lottery funded

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

Lifelong Learning Programme

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.