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Can photography aid treatment and maintenance of relationships, for those suffering with dementia?

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The idea behind this investigation of photographic research within Dementia treatment and relationships began with an interest of mine in phototherapy and therapeutic photography.

It is recognized that phototherapy and therapeutic photography are very related, however are two noticeably different techniques. Judy Weiser (2001-2012), one of the first pioneers of phototherapy and its use within a creative field explains, ?Phototherapy techniques are therapy practices that use people's snap shots, family albums (and the feelings, thoughts, memories and associations these photos evoke) as catalysts to deepen insight and enhance communication during their therapy.?

Whereas Weiser (2001-2012) provided an explanation on therapeutic photography by proposing that, ?photographic practices done by people themselves (or their helpers), in situations where the skills of a therapist are not needed ? where photos are used to increase peoples own self knowledge, awareness and well being.?

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