We are proud to announce the MetLife Foundation has awarded the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, the 2012 Creativity and Aging in America Leadership award in the category of Community.

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APP YouTube Channel
Videos on using poetry to connect with people living with dementia,
interviews with APP poets and more.
http://www.youtube.com/user/alzpoetry?feature=mhum

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.

Please buy the book today, only- $20.45 (including shipping and handling)
All proceeds help support the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.

Sarah Trouslard on the APP and Stanley Bosworth, the founding headmaster of Saint Ann's School. "It was hard to communicate with my stepfather through conversation. The poetry sessions were wonderful in that they showed me a powerful tool for communicating with Stanley, who was in the late stages of dementia.

My family and I wondered what he remembered and where his mind went when he spoke. When Gary started to read, Yeats' "Second Coming," Stanley became very attentive and emotions registered in his face. Tears welled up in my own eyes as I witnessed this moment of communication. Gary invited Stanley to read the poem, and it was astonishing to me that Stanley was not only able to read the poem but also to discuss it, talking about "his favorite line" in the poem. I did not anticipate the powerful impact the poetry would have on my stepfather and, by extension, on me. I left the session deeply moved."

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Nútreme Hoy (Nurture me today)

We are happy to announce the publication of Nútreme Hoy (Nurture me today).
Our new Spanish language anthology contains: 50 poems and Dichos; essays on how to use poetry to connect to people living with dementia; and how to create a poetry program.

Please buy the book today, only- $20.45 (including shipping and handling)
All the proceeds go to funding the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.
Please help support the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.

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Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project is based on a simple idea, to read classic poems to people living with Alzheimer's disease that they might have learned as children.


Background- During a period of ten years a new approach to engage participants with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia in the performative aspects of poetry and to create new poems was developed.

Results- Data indicates that a significant number of people in mid to late stage dementia remember words and lines from poems they learned in childhood. Moreover, the participants show a high level of positive facial expressions, laughter, verbalizing memories, and robust social interactions. Of interest is the use of call and response, where the session leader recites a line from a well-known poem and the group echoes the line. Coupling this performance technique with a simple prompt or opened ended question enables a group poem to be composed, based on the participant's responses.

Conclusion- The findings led to the development of a training system for artists, family members and healthcare workers in using poetry with dementia.

Our Mission
Our goal is to facilitate the creativity of people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. We strive to advocate for cultural change in the healthcare industry and for the daily inclusion of arts in assisted living and adult day care. Further, 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; we are saying we value all members of our community. By working with health care professionals and giving them a tool to have fun with and stimulate the people they serve, we are saying we value your work. By working with family members who have a loved one with dementia, we are saying you are not alone in your struggle to treat your loved one with dignity.

Alzheimer's Poetry Project Blog
Check out our new blog at http://alzpoetry.blogspot.com/
This blog will be a place to post poetry written by people living with Alzheimer's disease.
Especially poetry that is created as part of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.
We will post information and news about dementia.
We hope this blog is of use to the family members who have a loved one with dementia.

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The Alzheimer's Poetry Project is partially funded by the: Axe Houghton Foundation; Brooklyn Arts Council; City of Santa Fe Arts Commission; Helen Bader Foundation; Madison Community Foundation; McCune Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; New Mexico Arts; Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts; Poetry Foundation; Eve Stern, and people like you.

Please consider making a donation today. Thanks so much to all our supporters.