It is Thanks-giving time...we at TimeSlips have two huge thank yous to give: Kate Britton and Susan McFadden, who guided us with such generous spirits and exquisite expertise.
Coming Full Circle in the Service of Others
When I stood up at the school awards day as a shy eighth-grader receiving the outstanding service award, I really didn't know what service meant. Fast-forward 30+ years: my family's involvement in the Armed Forces became the catalyst for my own life work. Now I see service in action, with color, sound, and shape from one human-being-as-artist to another.
Bringing Creative Engagement Home
I spent years considering how a paid caregiver spends her day in a client’s home. They carefully follows our agency’s care plan: preparing and serving meals, assisting with a bath and dressing, accompanying the client out for a walk or shopping or going to an appointment, doing laundry, keeping the environment clean and neat, reminding the client to take her medications as the doctor ordered. The day goes by accomplishing these basic and very important tasks. But I felt that something was missing – a richer, more meaningful interaction between the caregiver and the client – something beyond accomplishing the tasks in the care plan.
Using Creativity to Connect with Under-Connected Seniors by Phone
The week before, we were strangers, unaware of one another. This week, we are phone pals, creating stories and poems together. There is a warmth in her voice as she greets me, and it is as if we've been friends for some time. We may only talk for thirty minutes a week, but we cherish that time together.
What a Year it Has Been for TimeSlips!
TimeSlips Founder, Anne Basting, looks back at a wonderful year, packed with big acheivements and exciting changes. Learn more about the new things happening at TimeSlips, and learn how you can help!
TimeSlips: More Than an Activity
When I was just a senior in high school, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I struggled with the news at first, but after a pivotal meeting with a professor of mine, TimeSlips founder Anne Basting, I was given hope. Once exposed to the beautiful world of TimeSlips, I quickly realized that it was much more than a fun activity to do.
Care Homes as Cultural Centers - What Does that Mean?
The I Won't Grow Up Project is a collaboration between TimeSlips and Signature Health Care to transform 12 rural nursing homes into cultural centers. What does that mean exactly? A cultural center is a place that promotes the creation and expression of culture and the arts. It is a place where communities come together and bond in the process of articulating the world as they imagine it. It is a place of value and meaning. It isn't easy. But it is, most often, a place of celebration of human skills, dreams, and visions. Could we really do that in a nursing home?
Do you ever feel like you've lost a loved one with dementia? I sure did. But I learned that it doesn't have to be that way.