National TimeSlips Training Program

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TimeSlips is a simple and inexpensive technique that allows nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia to express themselves without relying on failing memories and deteriorating language skills. A small study demonstrated that the program's use of creative storytelling successfully engages residents in the activity, improves their ability to communicate, lessens depression, and helps nursing home staff better understand the people for whom they are caring. The technique, which is easy to teach, has been enthusiastically received by care providers, and requests for training have exceeded the program's capacity to respond. This project will create a national but regionally organized 'train the trainer' program to diffuse TimeSlips among nursing homes; a total of 480 storytelling facilitators and 24 TimeSlips trainers from around the country will be trained. The project will also permit a rigorous evaluation of the impact of the method on the relationships between nursing home residents and caregiving staff.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation
Principal Investigator:
Anne Basting, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
$187,459.00
Approval Date:
April 8, 2003

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