Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care
With a focus on demonstrating how anyone can effortlessly incorporate creative verbal expression into activities of daily living, 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.
CHANGE THE WORLD POETRY PIE
1 stubborn poet.
1 lifetime of work.
1 billion minds.
Simmer on low for a long time, stir gently, and change the world one mind at a time.
Change the World Poetry Pie—just one of the many recipes in Dementia Arts—provides the “ingredients” for making a difference in the lives of people living with memory loss by tapping into their creativity.
“As an early supporter of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is pleased to see how far Gary’s message of creative arts enrichment has spread over the years. This book will deliver that message even further, directly into the hands of both family caregivers and professionals so they can engage people with dementia. The timing is perfect: as the incidence of this brain disorder escalates, we are all searching for behavioral interventions to appropriately manage this disease. Gary presents the techniques in a down-to-earth, easy-to-implement style. By weaving his own storytelling and positive experiences into the book, Gary compels the reader to move forward into the world of the creative arts and offers a magical ‘recipe’ for success.”
-Carol Steinberg, President, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
• Happy Moments
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.
The U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, choose the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP) for the initial broadcast of her new PBS NewsHour series, “Where Poetry Lives.” The series is a partnership between PBS and the Library of Congress. Trethewey writes about working with the APP, “...our grasp of language has a beginning in poetry. To see it used at a very different stage of life, and to such effect, was deeply moving.”
Professional and family caregivers will discover the joy in poetry and the arts, and how easily and fully they can be employed to achieve positive results and inspire truly meaningful connections.