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Among its many symptoms, Alzheimer's disease robs people of their verbal skills but it can also release extraordinary abilities to draw, paint, or sculpt, according to Bruce L. Miller, M.D., noted behavioral neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Miller, who is the clinical director of UCSF's Memory and Aging Center, will speak on AD and the neuropsychology of creativity at an April 21 workshop on creativity, aging, and health sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH).

"The goal of the workshop is to foster collaborations between researchers on health and aging and the arts communities and to find ways to tap into creativity's potential health benefits," said Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., NIA Deputy Director.

"We know intuitively that art and creativity can dramatically improve older people's quality of life and health," said Gay Hanna, Ph.D., executive director of the SAH. "We look forward to hearing from pioneers in this emerging and important field and to discussing the direction of future research."

The workshop, which will be held before the SAH annual meeting April 22 - 24, takes place April 21 from 1- 4:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The agenda:

  • Visual Creativity - From Cave Paintings to Alzheimer's disease: How people develop extraordinary abilities to draw, paint, sculpt or play music with Alzheimer's disease. Such creativity/brain connections will be described in a keynote address by researcher Miller, Professor of Neurology at the University of California at San Francisco.
  • The Curtain Rises for Research on Creativity, Aging & Health: A review of research in the area of art, aging, and health by Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, The George Washington University.
  • Monet's Vision: How Older Artists Adapt to Age-Related Changes by
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Contact: Jeannine Mjoseth
mjosethj@nia.nih.gov
301-496-1752
NIH/National Institute on Aging
6-Apr-2004


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