About IIRLR

The International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review (IIRLR) brings together participants to further define reminiscence and life review as an interdisciplinary field of study in the areas of practice, research, education, volunteer and individual application.

Similar to a membership organization, a subscription to the IIRLR allows participants throughout the year to utilize and participate in the following services: ability to network, collaborate, research and discuss key issues in the field of Reminiscence. Individuals, educational institutions, nonprofit and profit organizations are all invited to participate.

This is an excellent opportunity for both students and professionals who are doing research or practice in the field and for individuals who engage in business related to the field to obtain the latest information and maintain effective communication.

Institute History

The International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review is a program in the Health and Human Interests division of the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The Center sponsored the premiere National Reminiscence and Life Review Conference in 1995. Major leaders in the field formed the International Society for Reminiscence and Life Review as a follow up to that conference.

In order to formalize the group, and make it available to participants from around the world, the original board of directors of the Society recommended the formation of the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review (IIRLR) following the 1999 conference.

The now named Full Advisory Committee (FAC) and interested participants have met at the 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.  Reminiscence and Life Review conferences are sponsored by the Center for Continuing Education at UW-Superior.

Analogous to a membership organization, participants subscribe to the IIRLR each year, joining other participants and the FAC in carrying out the Institute’s Mission, Goals and other activities.