Monday, March 28, 2011
Story telling program improves lives of people with Alzheimers
An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimers, including 5.1 senior citizens aged 65 and older. Dementia symptoms include a loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. TimeSlips, a creative storytelling program, is for people with Dementia that encourages participants to use their imagination to create short stories as a group. It encourages participants to be actively involved and to experience moments of recognition, creation, and celebration. This study held one hour sessions, twice a week for six weeks. The results included increased expressions of pleasure and initiation of social communication. Improvements lasted several weeks following the last session.