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
The Tuesday, March 31 workshop, held at The Phillips Collection, explores how to creatively engage people with dementia, featuring supporting research presented by Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. Director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at The
The conference closes on Wednesday, April 1, with a one-of-a-kind on-site training session on, "Meet Me at MoMA," at The Kreeger Museum led by Rosenberg. The training will focus on preparation, artwork selection, in-gallery facilitation and interaction, audience dynamic and evaluation. During the session, participants will learn to develop their own programs.
The symposium is the second in a three-part series addressing creative aging through lifelong learning, health and wellness, and civic engagement. The first conference was in Miami, with the final conference to be held in San Francisco. The symposia series is targeted toward professionals in the fields of aging, education, healthcare, faith-based services, museum education, caregiving, social services, and the arts.
Scholarships and continuing education credits are available. For more information on registration, programming or membership, please contact the NCCA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 895-9456.
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to fostering and understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on this understanding. Based in Washington, D.C., NCCA is a nonprofit with 2,500 members and is affiliated with The George Washington University. www.creativeaging.org
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife to carry on its long-standing tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation has been involved in a variety of aging-related initiatives addressing issues of caregiving, intergenerational activities, mental fitness, health and wellness programs and civic involvement. More information about the Foundation is available at www.metlife.org.
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