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National Center for Creative Aging Presents 'Creativity Matters' Symposium on Health, Wellness, and the Arts
Date:3/4/2009

WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) will present a conference on how to use storytelling and museum programs as a way to engage people with dementia. The "NCCA-MetLife Foundation Creativity Matters: Health, Wellness, and the Arts Symposium," will be held in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 31 and April 1.

Gay Hanna, Executive Director of NCCA said, "Cases of dementia and Alzheimer's disease increase with age, so as the population lives longer more people will be diagnosed. This symposium is unique in that it focuses on innovative ways to bring together cultural institutions and healthcare facilities to create low cost and high quality services for people with dementia and their caregivers."

"This symposium showcases best-practice programs that engage people with dementia and their caregivers in activities using the arts," said Dennis White, president and CEO, MetLife Foundation. "MetLife Foundation is pleased to support this initiative to broaden creative partnerships throughout communities in the United States."

The Monday, March 30 workshop, held at IONA Senior Services will feature certification on "The TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project" which uses images and oral communication to encourage people with dementia to tell stories. Anne Basting, Director of the Center on Age & Community at the University of Wisconsin and Founder and Director of TimeSlips will lead the workshop. The day will close with The 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy featuring Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis.

The Tuesday, March 31 workshop, held at The Phillips Collection, explores how to creatively engage people with demen
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