Welcome to the
Institute of Dementia Education & Arts

(IDEA)

Our goal is to improve the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia by facilitating creative expression through poetry. We do not set boundaries in our beliefs in what possible for people with memory impairment to create. By saying to people with dementia, we value you and your creativity; we are saying we value all members of our community.

Performing Poetry

Performing Poetry

Movement

Movement

Music

Music

Intergen Programming

Intergen Programming

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I shot an arrow into the air...


Sparking Memories:
The Alzheimer's Poetry Project Anthology

It is our strong desire that this book be of use to you. This toolbox for family members, activity directors and artists contains 65 of the poems we use in the project, easy tips on how to use the poems and essays on why caregiving matters and on the medical implications of using poetry with dementia. The book takes you step by step through the methods and techniques we have developed on using poetry to help you connect to people navigating memory loss.

 

Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care

Author Gary Glazner, founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP) and Institute for Dementia Education and Arts (IDEA) guides readers in using
poetry and the arts to increase interaction and encourage amusement and joy in dementia care.

This book emphasizes simple poetry techniques and how they can be combined with dance, exercise, music, storytelling, and visual art to facilitate a new and positive way of communicating with people in all stages of dementia.