My mind's not at all a blank slate,
Though I cannot keep track of the date
Or the day of the week,
And facts play hide-and-seek,
For my mind to be blank would be great.

Instead it is wired like spaghetti;
It conflates the important and petty;
The connections of things
Are like tangles of strings
Or like celebratory confetti.
-Stuart Hall

Dementia Arts on Capitol Hill

Co-produced by: Alzheimer's Poetry Project and National Center for Creative Aging.

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"Dementia Arts on Capitol Hill" highlighted innovative arts practices in serving people living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The exhibit shows people living with dementia participating in the dynamic creation of dance, music, poetry, and storytelling and their original artwork. We give the creativity of people navigating memory loss a national showcase and bring to the forefront this powerful response to America's aging population. We provide compelling examples to answer the question of what can be done today to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and their families.

"Dementia Arts on Capitol Hill" took place with the support of the offices of Congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts, co-author of National Alzheimer's Plan Act, and Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico.

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Stuart Hall Reads Poetry on Living with Dementia at the Panel Briefing

A one-week exhibit was held in September, 17th to 21st, 2012 incorporating an array of events including a briefing by a panel of leading medical and arts professionals highlighting studies showing an increased quality of life for people living with dementia participating in arts programming; arts programming outreach to assisted living and adult daycare centers in the Washington DC community and a culminating public performances of dance, film, music, poetry, and storytelling highlighting dementia arts programming at IONA Senior Services.

The Panel Briefing on Dementia Arts Research, took place on Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Guest speakers:
Senator Tom Udall, New Mexico
Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts.
Poet Stuart Hall from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Panel Chair: Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts.
Panelists:
* Dr. Anne Basting, Executive Director, Center on Age & Community and founder, TimeSlips.
* Maria Genne, founder, Kairos Alive!.
* Margery Pabst, founder and President, Pabst Charitable Foundation and author of "Enrich Your Caregiving Journey."
* Dr. Richard Taylor, champion for people living with cognitive impairment and author of "Alzheimer's from the Inside Out."
* Dr. Linda Levine Madori, founder, Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming for Older Adults-TTAP Method.

Partner Organizations include: Alzheimer's Association, Washington DC Chapter; Center for Aging Heath and Humanities; Generations United; IONA Senior Services and the Society for Arts and Healthcare and the Palace of the Governors Press, New Mexico History Museum.

Partially funded with generous support by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, Helen Bader Foundation, MetLife Foundation and the Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts.