Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'
-Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Online Alzheimer’s Resources

The Alzheimer's Poetry Project blog The APP blog features writing created in the project, as well as general news and information on other art projects.

APP YouTube Channel Videos on using poetry to connect with people living with dementia, interviews with APP poets and more.

Time Slips is a creative storytelling method, originally designed to be used with people with dementia and their caregivers, it was founded in 1998 by Ann Basting. Bastings is one of the leaders in bringing creativity and culture chance to the healthcare industry. She is currently Executive Director and Associate Professor of theater at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's Center on Aging and Community.

More on Basting and her books at her blog, Forget Memory

KAIROS Alive! uses dance and storytelling to create a sense of community and well-being in participants of all ages and walks of life. More info at Kairos Alive!

Songwriting Works Educational Foundation serves communities of elders, families and health and arts practitioners each year through:
Hands-on songwriting workshops and artist-in-residence programs with elders and others
Trainings for arts, healthcare, and education professionals
Respite for caregiver programs
Intergenerational workshops and events
More info at Songwriting Works

Meet Me at MoMA, Discuss art with specially trained MoMA educators who discuss themes, artists, and exhibitions. Look at art in the galleries and then make artwork of your own.
More info at Meet Me at MoMA

Brooklyn Afternoons is a free monthly program that allows individuals with memory loss and their caregivers to explore the collection together. Each program provides an opportunity to enjoy conversation, works of art, and each other's company. Join us for light refreshments following the tour.
More info at Brooklyn Afternoons

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Discover Your Story tours are designed for small groups of visitors with memory loss, Alzheimer's Disease, and related dementias, and their friends or care partners.
Discover Your Story

Poet, professor and editor Susan Schultz uses the blog format to write about her mother's dementia. Dementia Blog

Reading Shakespeare has dramatic effect on human brain. This by study Professor Philip Davis shows increased synaptic activity in response to a linguistic technique known as functional shift that involves, for example using a noun to serve as a verb. We believe that similar increases in synaptic activity happen for people living with Alzheimer's disease when they hear, recite, and respond to poetry.

Study shows Five-Second Touch Can Convey Specific Emotion. As a core of the APP is using touch when reciting the poems we found this study fascinating.

Study shows oscillations of heart rate and respiration synchronize during poetry recitation. This study shows the aerobic benefits of using the call and response technique in reciting poetry.

Kate Allan and John Killick on making poems with people with dementia.

Planet Duplex David Greenberger's amazing project of using oral interviews to create wonderful stories set to music. The Duplex Planet is an ongoing work designed to portray a wide variety of real characters who are old or in decline. In our culture, exposure to people at this point in their lives is generallylimited to seeing family members age and, since that points directly to one's own mortality, it's hard to glean much in the way of an objective example.

Cathie Borrie Cathie Borrie's website has info on her books including: "The Long Hello - The Other Side of Alzheimer's," which chronicles and cherishes the relationship between a mother and daughter over a seven-year period as the mother's mind transforms and her dementia increases. The mother's voice weaves throughout the memoir with insight, humor and an astonishing poetic sensibility, challenging the negative stereotypes pervasive in the current and often limiting geography of dementia.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Poetry Project- Arizona on NBC

Alzheimer's Poetry Project on WBHN

Karen Stobbe- In the Moment -an amazing improv theater based program

Glazner's Poetry Blog

OK City 2
Glazner reading in Oklahoma City

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