Alzheimer's Poetry Project National Advisory Board
Richard Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Taylor is a retired Psychologist, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's-type dementia in 2001 at the age of 58. Now 65, he is a champion for individuals with early-stage and early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and has started over 50 chat rooms worldwide for people with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones.
Dr. Taylor is the author of the book "Alzheimer's from the Inside Out" (Health Professions Press, 2006). In this thoughtful and self-reflective book, he has written a collection of illuminating essays that offer a rare glimpse into the often incomprehensible world of individuals living with so-called Alzheimer's disease. The book provides a provocative and courageous account of his slow transformation and deterioration, and of the growing divide between his reality and the reality of others.
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David Shenk is the award-winning and national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us ("deeply interesting and important" - New York Times), The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a popular lecturer, a short-film director, and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com. He has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Harper's, Spy, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS. Shenk lives in Brooklyn.
The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of an Epidemic (Doubleday, 2001) won First Prize in the British Medical Association's Popular Medical Book Awards, and was welcomed by John Bayley as "the definitive work on Alzheimer's." The Los Angeles Times Book Review called it, "a remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind." In January, 2004, PBS broadcast "The Forgetting," a prime-time documentary inspired by the book. In 2006, the book was featured in Sarah Polley's film "Away From Her." Shenk speaks frequently on the history, biology and social urgency of Alzheimer's disease. He has also advised the President's Council on Bioethics on dementia-related issues, and directed four short animated films about Alzheimer's.
More about The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of an Epidemic at http://www.randomhouse.com/features/forgetting/
Daniel B. Kaplan
Kaplan it the founder of Dementia Care Solutions, has extensive expertise in dementia care and is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University School of Social Work. While pursuing a doctoral degree, he has been working as the Program Evaluator for the Hartford Geriatric Social Faculty Scholars Program and has been providing consultation and professional trainings for geriatric mental health organizations in and around New York City. Dementia Care Solutions helps families and businesses assure the highest quality of care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses-offering a full range of services.
Prior to doctoral studies, Daniel has worked as the director of social services for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, helping to build a vibrant clinical support division, professional training division, and dementia care setting assessment program. He has provided numerous expert presentations on Alzheimer's disease and dementia care, offered expertise and guidance to organizations throughout the care spectrum, and overseen the development of numerous nationwide initiatives.
A licensed social worker in New York and Massachusetts, Daniel has also worked in an Elder Protective Services and Elder at Risk program-conducting forensic investigations and extensive interventions on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Daniel has continued to challenge himself academically and is preparing for a career as a faculty researcher. He is now teaching at both Columbia University School of Social Work and the Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging and Longevity at Hunter College. His current research endeavors focus on dementia-specific issues in the home health care sector. He has recently won the Grantmakers in Aging Fellowship, and the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Pre-Dissertation Award and the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Award.
Addonizio is the author of three books of poetry and a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Commonwealth Club Poetry Medal, and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award.
Heinzelman is Professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, and Executive Curator for Academic Programs at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. He is also a resident faculty member in the James A. Michener Center for Writers. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Smith is the founder and inventor of the Poetry Slam. He has recited his poetry at The Smithsonian Institute, The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as giving over one thousand performances at the Green Mill in Chicago.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Wittner Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received, among other honors, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and four Pushcart Prizes. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on such shows as A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials: "The Language of Life with Bill Moyers" and "The United States of Poetry" and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers.