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Impact of TimeSlips, a creative expression intervention program, on nursing home residents with dementia and their caregivers


Fritsch, Thomas, Kwak, Jung, Grant, Stacey, Lang, Josh, Montgomery, Rhonda R., Basting, Anne D.


The Gerontologist, Volume: 49, No.: 1, Pages.: 117-127

Year of Publication



Purpose: Creative expression (CE) programs are emerging interventions to improve the quality of care and life of persons with dementia (PWDs) in long-term care settings. However, limited empirical evidence exists to support the effectiveness of these programs. Here, we report the findings from an assessment of the impact of TimeSlips (TS), a group storytelling program that encourages CE among PWDs and those who care for them. Design and Methods: Instruction in TS was provided through a 10-week onsite training. An observational study using an experimental design was conducted in 20 nursing home facilities in 2 states, 10 of which were randomly selected to implement TS. Two weeks after the implementation of TS at the intervention sites, we conducted 4 days of direct observation, using a time-sampling approach, of residents and staff in each facility. Using surveys, we also assessed staff job satisfaction, attitudes toward residents, and burnout. Results: Compared with residents in the control facilities, those in the TS facilities were more engaged and more alert. In TS facilities, there were more frequent staff-resident interactions, social interactions, and social engagement. Also, staff who participated in the TS program had more positive views of residents with dementia and devalued residents less than did the control group staff. There were no differences in staff job satisfaction and burnout among staff in the TS and non-TS facilities. Implications: Implementing the TS program in nursing facilities improves the care environment for PWDs. However, additional studies are needed to offer further insights into the mechanisms by which TS improves both staff and resident outcomes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Fritsch_2009, doi = {10.1093/geront/gnp008}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {feb}, publisher = {Oxford University Press ({OUP})}, volume = {49}, number = {1}, pages = {117--127}, author = {T. Fritsch and J. Kwak and S. Grant and J. Lang and R. R. Montgomery and A. D. Basting}, title = {Impact of {TimeSlips}, a Creative Expression Intervention Program, on Nursing Home Residents With Dementia and their Caregivers}, journal = {The Gerontologist} }


caregivers, creative, creative expression intervention program, creativity, dementia, expression, group, intervention, nursing home residents, nursing homes, programme, quality of care, quality of life, self expression, story, telling, timeslips, training

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Cluster RCT

Type of Outcomes



Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment, Workforce oriented interventions

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy)

Workforce Interventions

Professional Training / Continuing Professional Development