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Personhood and Dementia

2017 Workshop: November 2, 2017

Alzheimer's Poetry Project

Performing PoetryGary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project (APP) which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia by facilitating creative expression through poetry.  The APP was the recipient of the 2013 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award and the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. The National Endowment for the Arts listed the APP as a “best practice.” NBC's “Today” show, and NPR's “All Things Considered” have also featured segments on Glazner’s work. Gary will guide us through an interactive day of  poetry making, as we learn to use poetry to increase interaction and encourage joy in dementia care. Gary emphasizes simple poetry techniques combined with a variety of activities, including dance, exercise, music, storytelling, and visual art to facilitate new and positive ways of  communicating with people in all stages of dementia.

Karen Clond of the Alzheimer's Association will also share her work with Memories in the Making, a unique program created by the Alzheimer’s Association for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. People with or without an art background participate to produce beautiful, meaningful artworks. In the process of creating art they boost their self-esteem and open channels of communication with their loved ones.

Mark your calendar so you can be a part of the continuing story of Personhood and Dementia.  Watch this page for updates on our upcoming program or e-mail us at gerontology@k-state.edu

The Personhood and Dementia Event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested is invited to attend. No registration is required. 

From the Director

"We are doing this workshop because we have recognized the high demands placed on formal and informal caregivers of persons with dementia. Recent practice has shown the benefits of the arts for persons with cognitive loss. Because medical advances have helped people to live longer, more and more of us will be afflicted with these problems. It is important for us to find solutions that focus on quality of life for this population."

— Gayle Doll, Director
K-State Center on Aging