Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts

An interdisciplinary community engagement course

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, the course will encompass 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 will build an understanding and awareness of the complexities of memory loss and introduce the use of expressive arts.

Students will meet with 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 will explore the potential of the arts to serve as an outlet for expression and build key life skills.  Students will learn from community partners through shared art experiences.

Art & Design professor promotes community engagement
University Record — August 11, 2014




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Project Team:

Anne Mondro, Stamps School of Art and Design
J. Scott Roberts, School of Public Health
Beth Spencer, School of Social Work
Nancy Barbas, Medical School