Improvisational play enriches lives of people with Alzheimer’s

playing with memory in-the-moment

Carrie Lobman comments on a recent National Public Radio report, Improv for Alzheimer’s: A Sense of Accomplishmentwhich looks at an innovative research partnership between Chicago’s  Northwestern Hospital and the Looking Glass Theatre.  Can improv comedy improve the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s?

What could be more fun or joyful for people who are finding themselves having to face “getting things wrong” more and more frequently….Participants were creating memories, creating relationships, and creating with the unexpected and the emergent. The participants shared the total joy they had gotten from discovering they could still be creative when they were freed from the constraints of worrying that they were going to be forgetful or make a mistake.  As one participant said, ‘We made music I never knew I had in me.’  READ MORE at Improvisational Learning.org.

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About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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