Callabria Care strives to be on the cutting edge of dementia care by offering proven, innovative emerging therapies. Due to the generosity of the Disability Communication Fund (DCF), we are proud to introduce the TimeSlips creative storytelling program to our participants and their care partners.

TimeSlips offers an elegantly simple revolution in elder care by infusing creativity into care relationships and systems. In a time when we deny aging and isolate our elders, TimeSlips provides hope and improves well-being through creativity and meaningful connection.

TimeSlips began in 1998 and became an independent non-profit in 2013. We are based in Milwaukee, WI, and reach the world – with creative facilitators in 42 states and 12 countries. Our creative approaches are used in care communities, museums, libraries, senior centers, and individual homes throughout the world.

TimeSlips is evidence-based, award-winning, joyful and person-centered. And you can be too. Our next class to instruct caregivers is on February 9, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Collabria Care, 414 South Jefferson St, Napa. RSVP to Jillian at 707.025.9087 x 272 or email healthedcoordinator@collabriacare.org.

STORY: 1958 Ford Galaxy 500

Written by: Dorothy, Donnes, Mary Lu, Cricket, Marie, Christine and Vern

Calvin and Christine and their son Cooledge-Klien took a cross-country tip from St. Louis to Malibu, California. When asked what they were doing, Dorothy says, “That’s up to them to know.” “There are some wonderful things you can do in the car,” says Christine. They were attending a vintage car show where they would be entering their car.

Calvin and his wife Christine are in their 60’s and their son, Coolidge-Klien is 20 and it’s his birthday!

The family had never seen the ocean before and could see the water from the side as they drove. From the car, they could see “Sunshine and Shadows”, says Marie, and there’s a slightly salty smell to the ocean.  Dorothy observed that it is cool and warm and wonderful. The sound of “Wish, Wish” of the cars could be heard as well as the smooth running engine. Marie (a former bi-plane co-pilot says there’s an airplane overhead that “looks like it’s trying to follow us.” There are birds squawking, probably seagulls. When the family finally got to the car show, there were so many cars, they could hardly find a parking space, but a car pulled out and they found a spot, says Marie. Now the family is going to take a break for a picnic lunch. They would enjoy eating fried chicken, potato chips, pickles, crusty rolls, potato salad, grapes and apples. Christine worried if she remembered to bring everything. Calvin feels like singing because he’s happy that it’s a beautiful day and he is off to show his car, they nicknamed “Christy”.

After the car show, they found a restaurant serving pub food and celebrating that their car showed well. The family received a trophy (Vern). Best of model and vintage (Marie). Chritine just feels good (Christine). Calvin is proud. Coolidge-Klien is just tired and hungry. The family arrived at the motel tired and anxious to put on their comfy clothes and get some rest.

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STORY: Two Little Boys at the Beach

Written by: Lorrainne, Christine, Donna, Chuck, James

Two little boys are at the beach playing a game with their hands.  Pete is older, strong and sensitive. He has his hands out. Pete is taller. The younger one is Sam. They are related and they are friends. They are hearing the ocean water and it is swishing. It’s a warm, sunny day. People on the beach are all playing. The people in the back are having fun. One is in the water. They came in the car. The oldest is eight and the youngest is 7. Their parents brought them over to play. Their parents are watching because it’s the ocean. They are running around because lunch is coming. Someone is going for pizza, coca cola and 7-up.

They have to clean up their mess because it’s time to go home. They feel happy and tired, but still want to play. They can sleep on the way home

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STORY: Raising Chickens

Written by: Lorrainne, Christine, Donna, Chuck, James

A boy is running from the ducks or chickens. He’s running out toward something getting ready to run somewhere. It looks like it’s Mexico. He is 8 or 9 or 19. His name is Sam. (Participant said, “I had chickens and sometimes they’d run out of the coop). He’s gathering them together to take them inside the coop. (You have to put them in the coop so they kind of settle down). It’s getting twilight. At 12:00 the rooster crows. He looks like on a street. He’s doing his job. (You had to get them back into the coop because raccoons or opossums can get them). He feels good. They lay their eggs and the eggs will hatch.

Note: Facilitator had room at the bottom of the page and asked the writers to autograph their creation. They really enjoyed that. As the story developed, one participant started reminiscing about her childhood experience of raising chickens. Her comments are in parenthesis.

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