Creativity in Elder Care
Training Medical Students
in the Use of Creative Expression to Improve Elder Care
Readings and Media
Session 1 Poetry and Theater Improvisation
PBS NewHour on the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
Kidneys and Commitments
Session 2 Music
Create a playlist of songs and give it to someone. Use streaming service like Spotify or burn on CD, flash drive or old school cassette. Be ready to discuss your choices.
Video, Henry Music and Memories
MedRhythms exists to bring them back by helping patients access the highest quality of care at the intersection of music, technology, and neuroscience.
Lessons from the Perry Como Sundae Bar by Robert Weinstein
A grandson brings joy to a nursing home.
Session 3 Storytelling
Please read the article entitled, “My Spotless Mind." Think about and be ready to discuss if you would alter your bad memories.
Impact of Participation in TimeSlips, a Creative Group-Based Storytelling Program,
on Medical Student Attitudes Toward Persons With Dementia: A Qualitative Study, The Gerontologist, doi:10.1093/geront/gnr035
iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad.
Head of Clay by Jay Martel
A man reluctantly inherits a 40 pound statue
Week 5 Dance/Movement