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Saturday, November 7 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Creative Dramatics to Promote Well-Being in Persons with Dementia

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ROOM 714

Through the use of drama and improvisational techniques, the therapist can provide persons with dementia the opportunity to draw upon their life experiences and revisit former roles. In creative play, anything is possible, and the limitations of illness and infirmity can be set aside while active imagination takes hold. This experiential workshop will demonstrate dramatic techniques that help these individuals maximize cognitive and communication skills, foster creativity and individuality, reduce stress, encourage physical activity, strengthen self-esteem, and build community. Participants will learn the use of drama games, enactments, storytelling, and puppetry to inspire a process of reminiscing and reviewing one’s life journey, acknowledging one’s life achievements, and learning to resolve what may feel incomplete. Practicing these techniques promote a sense of well-being for both the patient and the caregiver, and they can be adapted to many different settings and situations, as appropriate for the different progressive stages of this disease. No theatre experience is necessary.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Jennifer DeMarco, MA, LCAT, RDT, CDP

Jennifer DeMarco, MA, LCAT, RDT, CDP, is currently the director of therapeutic recreation at Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Coney Island and has worked as a drama therapist with the geriatric population in skilled nursing care facilities for over six years. She received... Read More →


Nancy Sondag, MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT, CADDCT, QDCP, is the life guidance director for Atria Key Gardens and an adjunct professor at Kansas State University. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching, training; mentoring students, teachers, and therapists; and developing creative... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)