Combating Alzheimer’s with poetry and storytelling

Live, public teleconference on Wednesday, May 13

How can storytelling and poetry programs help improve the quality of life and alleviate symptoms for Alzheimer’s sufferers? Find out at a special teleconference hosted by USAgainstAlzheimer’s, in partnership with the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. Guest speakers will discuss how art programs can mitigate Alzheimer’s symptoms, share the latest research, and recommend ways to implement programs on the ground. 


  • Sunil Iyengar, Director, Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Gary Glazner, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project
  • Anne Basting, Founder and President of the TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project
  • Dr. Kate de Medeiros, Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Professor Gerontology at Miami University.

Moderated by George Vradenburg, Chairman and co-Founder, USAgainstAlzheimer’s.

To Join the Teleconference  

The teleconference takes place on Wednesday, May 13, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. It is free and open to the public. Register for the teleconference here. 

USAgainstAlzheimer’s is an innovative and transformational advocacy organization demanding a solution to Alzheimer's. Driven by the suffering of millions of families, USAgainstAlzheimer’s presses for greater urgency from government, industry and the scientific community in the quest for an Alzheimer's cure – accomplishing this through effective leadership, collaborative advocacy, and strategic investments. More information is available at

The NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development is an alliance of 19 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices that encourages more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. The NEA and the Interagency Task Force periodically host public webinars to share compelling research, practices, and/or funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development. Task Force members include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and other agencies and departments.