2018 NADRC Webinar (March 13, 2018): The Memory Ensemble: Using Improvisation to Improve Quality of Life for Persons Living with Dementia (weblink/pdf)

2018 NADRC Webinar: March 13, 2018.
The Memory Ensemble™: Using Improvisation to Improve Quality of Life for Persons Living with Dementia

The Memory Ensemble™—a seven-year partnership between the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’ Disease Center, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and the Looking Glass Theatre Company—is an eight-week improvisational theater intervention program for people with early stage dementia. The mission of the Memory Ensemble is to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their families; to investigate the benefits of this non-pharmacological intervention; and to translate these benefits to other communities.

This web seminar provides participants with a history of the Memory Ensemble; a brief review of the literature on the impact of the arts and improvisation on dementia and aging; a review of Memory Ensemble research findings to date; an introduction to foundational principles of improvisation and how they apply to work with persons with dementia; examples of activities in which participants can engage in multiple settings to improve quality of life for and with people living with dementia; and suggestions for further reading.

Presenters: Darby Morhardt and Christine Mary Dunford

The presentation can be accessed at: https://youtu.be/DXncdH7MWX0

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