Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project – Nevada (APP NV)is to facilitate the creativity of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. We use classic, well-loved poems to connect with people living with dementia. We engage them in call and response performance and the poems serve as inspiration for the creation of their own original poetry. We do not set boundaries in our beliefs in what is possible for people with memory impairment to create. By saying to people with dementia, we value you and your creativity we are saying we value all members of our community. APP core programming of poetry workshops take place in assisted living and adult day care facilities to perform and create poems with people living with dementia. Our inter-generational programming, Poetry for Life brings students from preschool to High School grade to create and perform poetry with people living with dementia.

APP NV and PFL NV is an affiliate and training partner of the Alzheimer Poetry Project (APP) and Poetry for Life (PFL) programs founded in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2004. Gary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, (APP). The APP was the recipient of the 2013, Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award and the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. The National Endowment for the Arts listed the APP as a “best practice.” NBC’s “Today” show, and NPR’s “All Things Considered” have featured segments on Glazner’s work.  APP NV is modeled after the original and Gary Glazner serves as a close partner and consultant.

Would you like to invite us into your school or Adult Care Facility? Please email [email protected] with your desired visit date and time.