This is a special Alzheimer's Talks in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and its Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. We have seen firsthand the remarkable power the arts can have in addressing Alzheimer’s. Art can raise awareness, help caregivers cope with the stress and isolation of the disease, and even alleviate some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s sufferers.
On our next Alzheimer’s Talks, four guests will bring their diverse expertise to the question of how the arts, and specifically poetry and storytelling programs, can help improve quality of life for Alzheimer’s sufferers, what the research says about the effectiveness, and how you could implement some of these strategies.
- Sunil Iyengar, Director, Office of Research & Analysis at The National Endowment for the Arts;
- Gary Glazner, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project;
- Anne Basting, Founder and President of the TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project; and
- Dr. Kate de Medeiros, Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Professor Gerontology at Miami University.
The NEA has published a couple reports that will be referenced on the call:
About a week after the call we will post key highlights, as well as a transcript, recording, and additional resources.