Sarah is leading a session based on a program called TimeSlips. The idea is to show photos to residents and get them to imagine what’s going on — not to try to remember anything, but to make up a story.
Storytelling is one of the most ancient forms of communication — it’s how we learn about the world. It turns out that storytelling can be therapeutic. It gives people who do not communicate well a chance to communicate.
Sarah walks around the circle holding up a stock photo of a woman hunched over her suitcase. “Her name is Esmeralda, she’s meeting her fiancee,” says resident Joyce. “Maybe she’s a secret agent!” adds Marc.
The idea is to show photos to residents to help them make up a story. Residents were enthusiastic about making up a life story for the woman.
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