All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Jan 26

UMMA Presents: TimeSlips: The Freedom to Imagine

Anne Basting, founder and CEO of the award-winning TimeSlips Creative Storytelling program will give a talk on her work to create meaning and connection with those living with memory loss. Basting is recognized as an international expert in community-engaged arts practices and the author of several books, including Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia.  She is an advocate for the arts as an integral element in our care systems.  Basting is a Professor of Theater at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a MacArthur Fellow.

TimeSlips is evidence-based, award-winning and person centered, bringing meaning and purpose into the lives of elders through creative engagement. TimeSlips strives to inspire others to see beyond memory loss and recognize the strength of people with dementia. Says Basting: “We transform aging care by building Creative Communities of Care that engage elders, volunteers, staff and families.”

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

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. 

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 and other generous donors who support Meet Me.

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.