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Storytelling Encourages the Imagination of Participants With Dementia


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. Participants respond verbally to humorous images presented by facilitators who record the responses and read narratives to further develop or end the stories. The program is an easy and affordable activity for long-term care facilities and allows caregivers to interact with multiple residents at one time. This intervention is acceptable for people with mild to moderate dementia.


The study provided 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. The improvements shown by the participants lasted several weeks after the final session.


For more information about TimeSlips, read the entire article at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-02/uom-spi022511.php.




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