In one of our previous posts we talked about Anne Basting and how informative her work is. In our continuing quest to provide the very best of care and services, we've discovered some new and worthy information from Basting that we'd like to pass along. She calls it her "TimeSlips" program.
TimeSlips is a program created by Basting which teaches caregivers a fun and worthwhile activity for people caring for those with dementia or Alzheimer's. In the exercise, caregivers navigate a discussion that allows patients or residents to create their own stories. The focus is on creating new stories instead of dwelling on trying to remember old ones. The story is then weaved into "a poetic collage."
The experience that people have had from this program has been phenomenal. It is a great activity for both the care givers and the patients. Both get to weave a story into whatever their fantasies are, then express it to each other, which helps build memory. The program began as a simple exercise but now is practiced all over the nation. One of the biggest issues caregivers have when caring for their loved ones with memory loss is that they can't remember things that they once cared about. This avoids this fear and sadness altogether by creating new memories while their loved one can exercise their mind.
Someone explained that Alzheimer's and dementia is similar to wanting to say something but simply not having the words to say it. When we lift expectations of what "should" be said or "should" be remembered, we ignore that road block. TimeSlips is a great program. Learn more about TimeSlips at http://www.timeslips.org.