By 2050, the number of people aged 65 years and older with dementia is estimated to increase from 5.3 million to a projected 13.8 million.1 Pending effective treatment,2 there is a need to meet the cognitive and behavioral needs of these patients, and participatory group interventions grounded in the cultural arts (eg, dance, music, poetry, storytelling, and theater improvisation) are a possible approach.3 The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP)4 is one such program, a nonpharmacological intervention for groups of people with dementia in which a trained facilitator uses poetry to inspire creative self-expression, reduce social isolation, and provide social and intellectual stimulation.
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Glazner G, Kaplan DB. The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. JAMA. 2018;320(22):2294–2295. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.16340
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