Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts Class 2014

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. Memory loss is a concerning and growing issue affecting millions of aging adults.  To develop our student’s sensitivity and understanding of those experiencing changes in memory or thinking, this course offered through the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design encompasses multiple, innovative modes of learning focused on memory, aging, and creativity.  Uniquely engaging U-M academic institutions and the U-M Health System, the course’s interdisciplinary format builds an understanding and awareness of the complexities of memory loss and introduces the use of expressive arts. The course led by Professor Anne Mondro brings together specialists in neurology, psychology, public health, social work, and the arts to learn fundamental concepts about the scientific basis of memory and disease that cause dementia, the public health and societal basis of these diseases, and institutional projects to support individuals with memory impairment.  Through expressive art sessions with adults living with memory loss, students explore the potential of the arts to serve as an outlet for expression and build key life skills.  Students learn from community partners through shared art experiences.

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