Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts

Funded by the University of Michigan Transforming Learning for Third Century (TLTC) Quick Wins grant program, this semester we are offering a new course that brings together students and professors from across campus.

Uniquely engaging U-M academic institutions and the U-M Health System, Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts builds an understanding and awareness of the complexities of memory loss and introduces the use of the expressive arts. For the past month, students have met with specialists in neurology, public health, social work, and the arts to learn about the scientific basis of memory and dementia, the societal basis of dementia, and institutional projects to support individuals with memory impairment.  Students have also been exploring their own creativity through painting, storytelling, and drumming.

Partnering with University of Michigan Geriatric Centers Mild Memory Loss Programs, students have been paired with a Wisdom Keeper club member to explore the potential of the arts to serve as an outlet for expression and to learn from shared experiences.   In the coming weeks, students will be collaborating with the Wisdom Keeper members on a variety of creative experiences.  Please stay tuned as students will be sharing their insights and lessons learned in future posts.

Anne Mondro, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design


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