Executive Director, Alzheimer's Poetry Project, United States
Gary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, (APP). The APP was the recipient of the 2013, Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award. The APP was awarded the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. NBC’s “Today” show, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Voice of America have featured segments on Glazner’s work.
In 2013, the U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, choose the APP for the initial broadcast of her new PBS NewsHour series, “Where Poetry Lives.” The series is a partnership between PBS and the Library of Congress. Trethewey writes about working with the APP, “…our grasp of language has a beginning in poetry. To see it used at a very different stage of life, and to such effect, was deeply moving.” To date the APP has held programming in 24 states and internationally in Australia, Germany, Poland and South Korea serving over 20,000 people living with dementia.
Perhaps Jean, whom we have had the honor of serving said it best, “I have lived here a year and this is the first time I have sat through an activity to the end. You made us all poets.” In July of 2014 Health Professional Press will publish Glazner’s book, “Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care.”