NCCA-MetLife Foundation Creativity Matters! Health, Wellness & The Arts Symposium

sponsored by: 
MetLife Foundation
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 8:00am
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

Participants learned about the engaging arts programming for people with Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers. Michael Patterson, co-founder of Mind Ramp & Associates highlighted the compelling research behind creativity and cognitive enhancement and the importance in increasing your brain fitness through creative activities.

The day included an intensive 1-hour training on The TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project led by Dr. Anne Basting, Founder of TimeSlips.  The program focuses on forgetting memory and instead using communication, imagination and the present to inspire people with memory loss to tell stories. 
Also, attendees participated in a hands-on 1-hour workshop on the MoMA Programs in Art and Dementia led by Laurel Humble, who has trained countless museums and senior centers to provide arts engagement programs for people with dementia and their caregivers.
Lastly, the day also featured the film "I Remember Better When I Paint," a documentary film about a person with Alzheimer's who finds meaning and purpose through painting narrated by Olivia de Havilland.