Storytelling 'can help people with dementia'

Posted on 28 February 2011

Creative storytelling can improve the lives of people with dementia, according to a study from the University of Missouri, which could help people paying for long term care.



Researchers found that participation in TimeSlips, a drug-free therapy that involves storytelling and using the imagination in a group situation, improves communication skills in people with Alzheimer's disease.



In a six-week study of people in the programme, which is recommended for people with mild to moderate dementia, patients were found to have increased initiation of social communication and expressions of pleasure.



"TimeSlips offers a stimulating alternative to typical activities in long-term care facilities," said assistant professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing Lorraine Phillips.



"It is an effective and simple option for care providers, especially those who lack resources or skills required for art, music or other creative interventions."



Recently, a poll commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society found that two-thirds of pharmacists in the UK do not think they have sufficient knowledge and understanding to provide advice to customers with dementia.

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