Storytelling Program Improves Lives of People with Alzheimer's

People with dementia improve their communication skills after participating in TimeSlips' storytelling program, according to a recent University of Missouri study. The program encourages groups of dementia patients to create stories based on humorous illustrations shown by facilitators. The concept is becoming increasingly attractive says Lorraine Phillips, an assistant professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing. She notes, "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." The TimeSlips program lasts for six weeks, and results include increases in pleasurable experiences and initiation of social communication.
Medical News Today, February 28, 2011

Source: Emily Martin

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