UMMA Presents TimeSlips: The Freedom to Imagine


Saturday, January 26, 2019


9:30am - 11:00am


Helmut Stern Auditorium


Anne Basting, founder and CEO of the award-winning TimeSlips Creative Storytelling program invites us to imagine how the arts and care structures can collaborate to bring meaning and purpose to those living with memory loss. An international expert in community-engaged arts practices and the author of several books, Basting is a Professor of Theatre at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a MacArthur Fellow.

TimeSlips is an evidence-based, award-winning, and person-centered, approach to dementia care, now practiced in 18 countries and 47 states. TimeSlips strives to inspire others to see beyond memory loss and recognize the strength of people with dementia.

This talk is free of charge and all are welcome: care partners and care givers, professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers and others, artists and performers, as well as people with memory loss and their family and friends, are encouraged to attend.

Research suggests that TimeSlips can:

  • Increase the quality and quantity of interactions between staff and residents in care settings
  • Improve caregiver attitudes toward aging and people with dementia
  • Reduce psychotropic medications by decreasing contributing factors of anxiety and depression
  • Improve affect and communication among people with dementia
  • Decrease distressed behaviors among people with dementia
  • Increase social engagement among people with dementia

TimeSlips: The Freedom to Imagine is offered in conjunction with UMMA’s Meet Me at UMMA programs for people with memory loss, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dr. Albert Bennett UMMA Education Fund, The University of Michigan Geriatric Psychiatry Program, and individual donors.

Meet Me at UMMA is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Monroe-Brown Foundation Discretionary Fund for Outreach to the State of Michigan, and individual donors.