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The Creative Aging Symposium and Arts for Alzheimer’s Reception

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Pennington Biomedical Research Complex
C.B. Pennington, jr., Conference center
2328 Irene Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

This day-long event with interactive sessions in the arts will include informative sessions, workshops, and other resources focused on creative means of communication and memory retention. It has been specifically designed for seniors, their families, caregivers, and elder care professionals.

This event is free but registration is required. Register today by calling Rhaea D’Aliesio at (225) 344-8558 ext. 222 or following the link below!

Event Schedule

 
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8:00 – 8:30 am Registration

8:30 – 8:45 am
Welcome and Opening Speaker George Bell

8:45 – 9:45 am Artful Aging:
How the arts are transforming how we age

Dr. Beth Bienvenu

9:45 – 10:00 am Break

10:00 – 11:30 am The Harmony of HealthCare –
4 Keys to using rhythm, song and silence with Alzheimer’s
Christine Stevens

Join internationally acclaimed author and music therapist in this interactive, engaging, hands-on keynote.  Learn tools and techniques of using music, rhythm and silence for health outcomes in Alzheimer’s populations.  Discover why music, one of the most ancient healing salves, is becoming evidence-based and recommended for Alzheimer’s populations and care-givers today. 

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lunch

12:00 – 1:30 pm Train Your Brain (with improv)
LATCo Comedy

T.C. Matherne and Betty Mujica-Milano will lead an hour-long session discussing how improv can be used to improve memory, attention, and mental flexibility in patients & caregivers. The session will include a brief discussion followed by interactive improv games & techniques to use in daily life.

1:30 – 3:00 pm Creating Narratives: Using Writing Prompts and Exercises To Tell Your Story
Robin Palmer Blanche

Through her experience facilitating classes at both Charlie's Place and St. James, Robin Palmer Blanche will discuss various writing exercises she has found are most successful in helping participants develop and express their personal narrative before leading conference attendees in a group exercise.   

3:00 – 4:30 pm Partnered Dance:
A creative approach to aging gracefully
Madeleine Hackney

In the last ten years, research has shown that dance is effective at slowing motor and cognitive declines and even improving function. This talk will present research about an adapted form of Argentine tango for older adults with Parkinson’s disease and individuals with some cognitive impairment. The talk will cover possible mechanisms underlying the beneficial clinical effects of this intervention and others.

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Featured Speakers:


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Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC

Christine Stevens is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and music therapist. Holding masters degrees in both social work and music therapy, Christine inspires people all over the world with her message of music for holistic health, spirituality, and wellness.

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George Bell

George Bell is the current President & CEO of Capital Area United Way. He has worked for Baton Rouge General from 1999 until December 2015, where he served in a number of executive level positions, most recently as Administrator, Baton Rouge General – Mid City. Prior to that, he served as Sr. Vice-President, Physician and Community Relations, including BRG’s Arts in Medicine Program; Vice-President of Physician Relations; and President of Baton Rouge General Physicians, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Health System which he grew from 14 physicians to 85+ physicians over 12 years. Mr. Bell is a 1981 Hall of Fame graduate of Nicholls State University with a B.A. degree in Political Science. He also attended The Ohio State University, where he studied graduate level courses in Public Policy and Management, and Wharton School of Business, Health Care CEO Talent Development Course.

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Dr. Madeleine E. Hackney

Dr. Madeleine E. Hackney is a Research Scientist with the Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation at the Atlanta VA. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Emory School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics. 

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Robin Palmer Blanche

Through her experience facilitating classes at both Charlie's Place and St. James, Robin Palmer Blanche will discuss various writing exercises she has found are most successful in helping participants develop and express their personal narrative before leading conference attendees in a group exercise.   

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Dr. Beth Bienvenu, phd

Beth Bienvenu is the director of the Office of Accessibility at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages the NEA's technical assistance and advocacy work devoted to making the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people in institutional settings.

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Leather Apron Theatre Company

LATCo. is a non-profit comedy theatre collective, striving to bring the funny to Louisiana. Founded by Baton Rouge native, T.C. Matherne, LATCo. specializes in long form improv performance and education through classes and workshops. LATCo. prides itself on constantly pushing the envelope and experimenting with forms, promising for a unique and personal experience everytime.