Minneapolis, MN: Mindy is an Intergenerational Creative Engagement Explorer with a love for silly hats, wonky accents, and cheesy puns! As a dementia practitioner and communication specialist who collaborates with many communities, Mindy uses TimeSlips’ creative, improvisational communication to quickly connect and build respect and community Most of all, she loves to have fun!
Gibsons, BC, Canada: Bruce is the Recreation and Volunteer Manager for Good Samaritan Christenson Village, a 140 person Multi-Level Care Centre located in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada. His 30+ year career has ranged from pediatric rehab to Olympic- level wheelchair sport athletics. The past 18 years he has been working within the field of geriatrics, and now focuses his career energies on the creative care movement.
Cleveland, OH: Kathy has been a TimeSlips Facilitator for 10 years and is a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Her areas of expertise include intergenerational programming, creativity and aging and dementia care. She is a sought-after conference presenter and lecturer who worked at Heather Hill as the staff Music Therapist/Internship Director/Supervisor for 10 years.
Los Angeles, CA: Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an MFA in creative writing. Sarah is also certified in the Alzheimer's Poetry Project model, and is an improv coach for elders through the studio "Improv for the People" in Los Angeles. She left her job as a staff social worker at Jewish Family Service two years ago to commit herself to facilitating the practice of creative engagement as a tool for meaningful self-expression, community building and fun.
Berkeley, CA: Liz has brought TimeSlips to residential communities, adult day care centers, eldercare professional groups, and senior clubs and centers from California to Virginia since 2007. She is also a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
London, England; UK: Since 2006, Prashar has been the Artistic Director of the UK-based Spare Tyre, which developed its inclusive creative practice championing diverse voices. Prashar has a strong commitment to collaborative participatory art, nurturing the creative impulse that leads to personal and political fulfillment. She was a 2013 Winston Churchill Fellow, researching spirituality, dementia and aging, and is a Fellow of the RSA and Centre of Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck University.
Milwaukee, WI and Mexico City, D.F. Mexico: Ellie uses TimeSlips as a literary art strategy to exercise the brain and build relationships. She is a visual artist and gerontologist with her a B.A. in Fine Arts, Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology, and her MA in Social Gerontology. She is the CEO of GeroStart Inc., a binational arts and culture organization committed to enriching the lives of people as they age.
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK: Magdalena is an independent creative collaborator, director, teaching artist and theatre maker. She combines nearly 30 years of experience in physical and visually driven theatre and theatre clowning with over 17 years of creatively engaging with people living with dementia. Magdalena is Co-founder and former Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds and creator of the unique Elderflowers programme. She was appointed Honorary Professor with the Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, in 2016.
Oh my goodness - the JOY and DELIGHT of the whole shared creative process is so uplifting - who can stop smiling? It affects everyone and ripples out.
The biggest high point for me is, I have one resident that doesn't come out of her room much, so I do a room visit with her and when I visit she will ask me if I brought a story picture. Storytelling has helped bring her out of her shell, and it's something that she enjoys.
One of the participants proudly stated ‘I can’t remember, but here I can imagine’, which I found an incredibly moving testament to the power of this programme.
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