On Thursday, April 14, 2016, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Prescott Meals on Wheels will present a workshop on creativity and aging with Gary Glazner, award winning poet and Founder/Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.
Introduction and Approaches to Creative Aging: Prescott
With guest artist Gary Glazner
Apr 14, 2016
1:30 – 4:00 pm
Prescott Meals on Wheels
Rowle P. Simmons Community Center
1280 E. Rosser Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Cost: Free. Advanced registration required.
Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Prescott Meals on Wheels for a workshop on creativity and aging with Gary Glazner, award winning poet and Founder/Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. This fun, high-energy workshop is packed-full of simple techniques to help imagine high-quality arts programs for older adults, build communication skills and help increase the ability to connect with people living with memory loss.
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in the vital relationship between the arts and quality of life for older adults, including aging or healthcare service organization staff, caregivers, volunteers, teaching artists, and arts organizations.
The methods covered in this workshop are useful with all audiences and transferable to working with other disability communities and cognitively well elders.
Participants will learn:
- About the Creative Aging movement and evidence-based examples of dance, music, storytelling and visual arts programs that impact quality of life for older adults.
- How to use art to engage people in group discussions that lead to the creation of poetry, stories or songs.
- How to bring youth and elders together in intergenerational programming.
- How to use laughter and humor to build community.
Gary Glazner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP), and author of Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care, Health Professions Press, 2014. Glazner is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on using poetry with people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project has been featured on NBC’s Today show, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Voice of America, and New Zealand National Radio, has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, and was awarded the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement.
Photos (from left to right): photo courtesy of The Drawing Studio (Tucson); Arlene Lopez of South Tucson performs in Safos Dance Theatre’s “Las Comadres”, photo by Dominic AZ Bonuccelli, courtesy of Safos Dance Theatre; photo courtesy Musical Instrument Museum.