Creativity, Aging, and Health Meeting Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, Society for the Arts in Healthcare
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 Dahlia W. Zaidel, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience
in University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Psychology.
- Creative Research Designs and Creative Outcomes for Research
on Creativity by John B. McKinlay, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, Medical
Sociologist, and Chief Scientist of the New England Research Institutes.
Members of the press are invited to attend this session. Contact
Jeannine Mjoseth in the NIA Office of Communications and Public
Liaison at 301/496-1752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Society for the Arts in Healthcare at 202/299-9770 phone
The NIA leads the Federal effort supporting and conducting research
on aging and the health and well-being of older people. NIA is part
of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, part of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (www.nia.nih.gov).
The Washington, D.C.-based Society for the Arts in Healthcare was
founded in 1990 to promote the incorporation of the arts as an integral
component of healthcare (www.thesah.org).