All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Alzheimer’s advocate and 2022 Maude Award Recipient Mary Crescenzo as a guest to the show.
Mary Crescenzo is a recipient of the 2022 Maude’s Award for Individual Innovation for Dementia Care for her pioneer work in arts engagement with persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Her book, The Planet Alzheimer’s Guide: 8 Ways the Arts Can Transform the Life of Your Loved One and Your Own, is a how-to guide for care partners in the use of the arts to enhance connection and communication with persons living with this disease. Mary is also an award-winning author, playwright, and public speaker. In June, 2022, her play Planet A was staged as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Mary is co-host with Lori La Bey, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks “Dementia & Arts Education panel” radio podcast; and creator and facilitator of “Creative Writing for Caregivers” a safe place to find respite, relaxation and revelation. As speaker, workshop facilitator, and consultant for individuals and memory care facilities, her presentations provide comprehensive insight on Care Through the Arts℠ in the use of art to foster creativity, self-expression and joy for both caregiver and persons cared for. She is a member of AlzAuthors, Teaching Artist Guild, Society of International Female Professionals, The Dramatists Guild, and SAG-AFTRA.
About The Planet Alzheimer’s Guide: 8 Ways the Arts Can Transform the Life of Your Loved One and Your Own:
This easy to follow, step-by-step guide provides expert advice on how to utilize visual art, music, dance/movement, poetry, storytelling, and more, to enrich the life of both the caregiver and the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The book also offers safe, self-care ways that caregivers can use creative writing for respite, relaxation and revelation.