Creativity in Elder Care
Training Medical Students
in the Use of Creative Expression to Improve Elder Care


Gary Glazner,
Alzheimer's Poetry Project


Brief Bio
Gary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, (APP). The APP was the recipient of the 2013, Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award and the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award. The National Endowment for the Arts listed the APP as a “best practice.” NBC's “Today” show, PBS NewsHour and NPR's “All Things Considered” have featured segments on Glazner’s work. Glazner is the author of Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care, 2014. The APP has provided programming in 26 states and internationally in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Poland and South Korea.

Cynthia A. Standley, PhD
Professor, Director of Art in Medicine

Brief Bio

Cynthia A. Standley, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Dr. Standley is an accomplished medical educator with more than 20 years experience teaching physiology to both osteopathic and allopathic medical students. She founded the Art in Medicine program at the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix and has partnered with the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum to provide arts education to medical students with the goal of improving patient care.