Stagebridge is the only regional training center for the TimeSlips program, a revolutionary creative storytelling technique that encourages people with Alzheimers disease to express themselves without relying on failing memories and deteriorating language skills. Through onsite workshops, Stagebridge experts train activity directors, health aides and residential staff of hospitals, in this unique method. TimeSlips changes lives by:
- increasing the quality and quantity of interactions between staff and residents in nursing home and day care settings
- increasing communication among people with dementia
- reducing anxiety among people with dementia
- improving attitudes of staff and students toward their work and toward people with dementia
The method is grounded in research. In 2009 the professional journal The Gerontologist reported study results of the benefits of TimeSlips in 20 nursing homes. Researchers found that, compared with patients in control facilities, TimeSlips participants were more engaged and alert and more willing and able to interact with caregivers and peers.
Staff at TimeSlips facilities developed more positive views of residents than did control group staff. The study concluded that participation in TimeSlips improves the care environment and enhances the well-being of both residents and staff.