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May 11, 2011
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing teacher

TimeSlips Seminar

19 April 2011—Today in the TimeSlips Seminar (this is a project we’re working on with JMKAC’s Connecting Communities) we enjoyed a visit from Tracy Cinealis, CSA, of Libby’s House. Such insight into memory loss! She shared facts about dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. She shared stories from her experiences with the elderly. Though the students had researched questions about dementia, Tracy brought to light a more personal side. The respect and caring she expressed truly moved us. She also used some activities to illustrate what it’s like to gradually lose what you love in life, without choice or rhyme or reason. The students seem more eager than ever to meet and work with people with memory loss. All said they are less afraid because they are more informed.

Our next steps will be learning to facilitate the TimeSlips storytelling process. Then students will use photographs to inspire the elders to develop imaginative stories. This group activity will provide social interaction and mental stimulation, so valuable to people with memory loss. The idea is not to try and remember facts, but to celebrate creativity through storytelling. Reminds me of the joys of childhood. :) And based on what we’ve learned so far, teens and elders interacting should be just plain fun!

Keep an eye on JMKAC for more information and a big exhibition!

And if you see any of our students, ask them about it!

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