Monday, February 28, 2011

Creative Storytelling Intervention Helps Dementia Patients | National Nursing News

Participation in a creative storytelling intervention improves communications skills and demeanor in people with dementia, according to a study by University of Missouri researchers.

The program, TimeSlips, encourages participants to use their imaginations to create short stories as a group. Participation does not require factual recall, but rather responses to humorous images presented by facilitators. The facilitators record the responses and read narratives to further develop or conclude the stories.

“TimeSlips provides rich, engaging opportunities for persons with dementia to interact with others while exercising their individual strengths,” said Lorraine Phillips, RN, PhD, FNP-BC, assistant professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing.

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