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Aug. 29, 2006

Caregivers Can Learn Storytelling Method To Help People With Dementia

Professional caregivers may enroll in a University of Iowa-sponsored half-day workshop on TimeSlips, an innovative and effective storytelling method that helps people with dementia or memory loss.

The training will take held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Whitehill Auditorium at the Iowa Veterans Home, 1301 Summit St. in Marshalltown.

TimeSlips helps people with memory loss reaffirm their sense of self and connect with family, friends and staff at care facilities. Certification obtained through the intensive workshop is valid for three years and enables caregivers to use the method with clients in their organization or facility.

The course fee is $40, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. To register, contact Wayne Pierson, Iowa Veterans Home, 641-753-4237 or

The event is sponsored by the UI Center on Aging, Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the UI College of Nursing and the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown

TimeSlips was developed by Anne Basting and has generated hundreds of stories, plays and art exhibits nationwide. For more about the project visit

Visit the UI Center on Aging online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

PROGRAM CONTACT: Julie Bobitt, education coordinator, UI Center on Aging, 319 384-4222 or

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Wayne Pierson, Iowa Veterans Home, 641-753-4237 or

08MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660