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The Arts and Medicine
December 11, 2018

The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

Author Affiliations
  • 1Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Institute of Dementia Arts and Education, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2School of Social Work, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
JAMA. 2018;320(22):2294-2295. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.16340

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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