Alzheimer’s, Dementia Program Supports Those with Memory Loss and Their Caretakers

Father daughter team Charlie Ferrell and Katie Norris spend their free time making life better for people with Alzhimer’s and their caregivers.  At Westlake Village, a senior living community, Ferrell, a retired vascular surgeon and Norris, a minister, work with a group of adults with dementia using the TimeSlips program.  The program, developed by Dr. Anne Basting, focuses on forgetting memory, and instead encouraging participants to use their imaginations to develop stories.  “By getting them [away] from using their memory and focusing  on imagination, we encourage them to use those parts of their brain that are still functional.  They build a story built on their imaginations,” said Farrell.