Lisa Hort run's Timeslip - a creative story telling program for those living with memory loss - both in the community through the Port Macquarie-Hastings Library or in Aged Care facilities.
Lisa Hort run's Timeslip - a creative story telling program for those living with memory loss - both in the community through the Port Macquarie-Hastings Library or in Aged Care facilities.

A healing, happy story-telling program

IMAGINE going on a journey to outer space or a trip to Paris shopping for the day - it is all part of a day's work for Timeslips Lisa Hort.

Lisa presents TimeSlips, a creative story-telling program, at Port Macquarie-Hastings Library every second month.

The program is aimed at engaging people living with memory loss and helping them learn new skills.

The free four-week program is held from 1.30-2.30pm each Thursday in the Library Meeting Room and will be held throughout the month of May.

Lisa, a certified TimeSlips facilitator, said the program aimed to connect people, share stories and encourage social opportunities in a fun, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Developed in the US by Anne Basting, Professor of Theatre at the Peck School of Arts, TimeSlips began in 1998 and became an independent non-profit organisation in 2013.

Based in Milwaukee, the program now has facilitators in 44 states and 15 countries.

"TimeSlips is a creative story-telling method that allows meaningful moments with and for people with memory loss," Lisa said.

"It opens story-telling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with encouragement to imagine."

Lisa was offering the program (and continues to do so) to aged care facilities, particularly to dementia wards, however she wanted to open it up to the wider community and reach people who were still living at home and so she approached the library last year.

She said that as well as offering entertainment and fun for those with memory loss, it was also a chance for carers to take a short 45minute break and use the library facilities or go across the road for a coffee or even stay and enjoy the program too.

Booking is essential and carers should phone the library on 6582 8755 or prtlib@mnclibrary.org.au.


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