Timeslips is an approach to using storytelling as a way of communicating with and engaging people with dementia in conversation and creative activity. The idea is to shift the focus from remembering to imagining, so that gaps in memory are less of an issue than they would be in a normal conversation.
The technique was pioneered in America by Anne Basting, who started to wonder what would happen if in her work with older people, she shifted the focus from reminiscence to improvisation and imagination. This website tells the story, shows examples of how the technique works and provides online resources.
Elements of the Timeslips approached are incorporated into the work of Abbott Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, which uses works from the collection as a stimulus for creative work with people with dementia through their Enriched by Moments programme. Further information can be downloaded here.