Anne Basting

Dr. Anne Basting, an author, scholar, and artist, teaches us about a revolutionary approach to Dementia caregiving; about how to infuse the arts into our caregiving, improving communication, and building a sense of community for our patients. Click here to learn more about Dr. Basting!


Notes + Discussion Guide:

– What inspired Anne to do this work, culminating in this important book.

– What have we been doing wrong while caring for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

– This approach is about building a localized community, and providing a loving means of connection.

– (One) Yes, And

– (Two) Beautiful Questions

– (Three) Proof of Listening

– (Four) Open Yourself to Wonder

– (Five) Connect to the Larger World

– Benefits to the patient? Provides stimulus to the brain, and adds wonder and awe, for starters!

– Implementation: Assisted living facilities and staff vs. Family caregivers. Differences in the approach?




About Dr. Anne Basting:

Basting is an artist, scholar, and educator committed to the power of the arts and culture to transform our lives as individuals and communities. She is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and founder and President of the award-winning non-profit TimeSlips.

Basting’s innovative work as both a community-engaged artist and a scholar has been recognized by a MacArthur Fellowship, an Ashoka Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and multiple major grants. She is author/editor of multiple books, including her latest, Creative Care (HarperOne); as well as The Penelope Project (U of Iowa), and Forget Memory (Johns Hopkins). TimeSlips fosters an alliance of artists and caregivers bringing meaning and joy to late life through creativity, and has over 900 certified facilitators in 48 states and 20 countries.