NCCA-MetLife Foundation Creativity Matters: Health, Wellness & the Arts Symposium

sponsored by: 
MetLife Foundation
Monday, March 30, 2009 - 8:30am to Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 5:30am
The Phillips Collection, Iona Senior Services, Washington, DC

On March 30, 31, and April 1, NCCA featured a conference on how to develop museum and storytelling programs for people with dementia and their caregivers. The conference highlighted a number of specialists in the fields of arts and aging at IONA Senior Services, The Phillips Collection, and The Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC.

March 30th:  TimeSlips Storytelling Certification Training led by Dr. Anne Basting. 
March 31st: Specialists in the field discussed dementia in the older population, the cultural ramifications of dementia, creativity theory and practice, understanding and practice of oral history interviewing and life review interviewing techniques, and best practices in arts programming for people with dementia.  They also addressed how to reach out to communities to raise awareness of the benefits of providing art to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.  
Presenters provided tips for the creation of arts programming for older adults with dementia, including a focus on the TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project which uses images to inspire people with dementia to tell creative stories, and The Meet Me at MoMA museum program which focuses on using art to promote dialogue among people with dementia and their caregivers.  Presenters focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs.  
April 1st: Attendees participated in a half-day training at the Kreeger Museum on the MoMA Alzheimer's Project led by Francesca Rosenberg, Amir Parsa, Carrie McGee and Laurel Humble.