Creative storytelling helps you connect with seniors with dementia
Finding different ways to connect with seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a constant challenge. A free program called TimeSlips is helping seniors and caregivers have fun together.
The basic idea is that you use images to inspire creative stories. This allows older adults with dementia to express themselves and enjoy an activity with no right or wrong answers.
TimeSlips helps seniors with dementia have fun with their imagination
TimeSlips is a free website that helps caregivers and seniors tell stories and get creative. Just choose an image and use the optional questions to ask your senior about the scene. Their response begins the story! This process engages their imagination and creates a fun story.
Give them plenty of time to talk about the image. If the conversation stops, ask another simple question to keep the story going. You can choose to write the stories down or just talk and enjoy the conversation.
This activity can be done anywhere and keeps you both entertained and engaged. Make the story as short or long as you want. Anything goes as long as your older adult is having fun!
Browse stories created by other people or check out the story we created:
The TimeSlips story we created
TimeSlips questions get the creative juices flowing (optional)
How to use TimeSlips
To use the TimeSlips website, you’ll need to sign up for a free account. This lets you see the images and the story prompt questions. Without an account, you’ll only see the images.
Having an account also allows you to write and save the story that you and your older adult create together. You can choose to publish the story publicly to the TimeSlips site or keep it private.
To see all the images and start a story, click the “Start a Story” button.
To make it even easier, there’s a helpful video that walks through how the website works and shows how to create a story.
Note: TimeSlips also offers training classes and certification in their storytelling method. Full scholarships are available for family caregivers. Get details here.
If you don’t want to create an account on TimeSlips, you can still use the images for storytelling inspiration. Or, you could use any images you have (online or offline) that might be fun to talk about. Show the image to your older adult and ask a simple question to get the story started.
For example, you could use a picture of your friend’s puppy and ask “Where is this puppy going?” or “What is this puppy’s name?”
We love the TimeSlips storytelling activity because it taps into your older adult’s creative side. The best part is that there are no right or wrong answers. This lets seniors with dementia express themselves without feeling any pressure or expectations.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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