TimeSlips

As Activity Professionals we have used person-centered care,
reminiscing and storytelling since the beginning of our profession.
I always think it is interesting when “others” find out how effective
those things are in the care of our elders. It suddenly becomes news
worthy and trend setting. I guess we should be proud that the health care
world is finally catching up with us as noted in the following information from
the Alzheimer’s weekly blog. It is a great program with some interesting
ideas and if you don’t subscribe to the free Alzheimer’s weekly blog you
might want to check it out. University of Missouri researchers have found
that participation in TimeSlips, a drug-free, creative storytelling intervention,
improves communication skills and positive affect in persons with dementia.
TimeSlips is a nationally recognized storytelling program for people with
dementia that encourages participants to use their imaginations to create
short stories as a group. Rather than relying on factual recall, participants
respond verbally to humorous images presented by facilitators who record
the responses and read narratives to further develop or end the stories.

“TimeSlips provides rich, engaging opportunities for persons with dementia
to interact with others while exercising their individual strengths,” said
Lorraine Phillips, assistant professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing. “It
encourages participants to be actively involved and to experience moments
of recognition, creation and celebration. Meaningful activities, such as
TimeSlips, promote positive social environments that are central to person-
centered care. The storytelling program is an easy and affordable activity
for long term care facilities to implement and allows caregivers to interact
with multiple residents at a time,” Phillips said. “TimeSlips offers a
stimulating alternative to typical activities in long term care facilities,” Phillips
said. “It is an effective and simple option for care providers, especially
those who lack resources or skills required for art, music or other creative
interventions.” In the study, Phillips and her colleagues delivered the
TimeSlips intervention in one-hour sessions, held twice weekly for six
consecutive weeks. The results included increased expressions of pleasure
and initiation of social communication. Improvements in participants’ affect
lasted several weeks following the final session. For more information you
can go to http://alzheimersweekly.com. This is a great resource site for
Alzheimer’s.
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