• Students are less interested in changing or destroying the boundaries of a particular discipline; they want to find ways to work more collaboratively, based on a foundation of mutual respect.

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Memory, Aging and Expressive Arts

  • April 1, 2014
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Through the use of expressive arts, students will build relationships and foster meaningful interactions with memory-impaired adults.


Uniquely engaging University of Michigan academic institutions and the U-M Health System, this interdisciplinary course will build an understanding and awareness of the complexities of memory loss and introduce the use of the expressive arts. Students will meet with specialists in neurology, public health, social work, and the arts to learn about the scientific basis of memory and dementia, the societal basis of dementia, and institutional projects to support individuals with memory impairment. Through art sessions with adults with memory loss, students will explore the potential of the arts to serve as an outlet for expression, build key life skills and learn from community members through shared experiences.

The course is taught by Anne Mondro, Associate Professor, Penny Stamps School of Art and Design.

Download PDF: Syllabus: Memory, Aging, and Expressive Arts (Winter 2014)