Use of timeslips to improve communication in persons with moderate-late stage dementia

Laurie A. Bahlke, Sara Pericolosi, Mark E. Lehman

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Abstract

There is currently a lack of published research on the effectiveness of a creative expression (CE) program known as TimeSlips (TS), which has the goal of improving quality of life and social connectedness for individuals in the mid to late stages of dementia. This study focused on measuring the impact of TS on the frequency and type of communicative exchanges and the relationship to social connectedness. A quasi-experimental design was conducted in a single long-term care facility with seven participants in the mid to late stages of dementia. A time-series analysis was used to assess change in communicative output and interactions. Positive communication changes in addition to maintained or improved quality of life were observed. Implementing a creative expression program such as TS for those in the middle to late stages of dementia improves social connectedness and communicative interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-405
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Creative expression
  • Dementia
  • Long-term care

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