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The human mind has the potential for continued growth and development throughout life. And, the greatest manifestation of human potential is to be found in creative expression and the power of the human mind not just to think, but also to develop creatively. Creative aging implies that with age we continue to enrich the incredible powers of our minds and to deepen our engagement with creative expression. The potential for continued development of our mental capacities is only slowed by disease or by a failure to leverage our years of experience to enduringly stimulate, challenge and nurture our minds. Without denying the struggles that accompany old age, the movement of creative aging, as described in this book, focuses on the potential for continued creative development across the lifespan.read more
Michael C. Patterson and Roger Anunsen are the co-founders of MINDRAMP CONSULTING which provides clients with dynamic educational programs, presentations, training workshops and consultation designed promote brain health and enhance mental development through creativity and the arts. Michael is an author, educator, writer, speaker and gerontologist specializing in brain health, creativity, the arts and longevity. Patterson is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where he has taught courses on the prevention and treatment of dementia, and the creative arts and brain health. He is an executive board member for the National Center for Creative Aging and serves on numerous advisory boards including the Research Center for Arts & Culture. Patterson ran the award-winning Staying Sharp brain health program at AARP developed numerous projects for PBS and was a founding member, actor and director with the Bear Republic Theater. Roger Anunsen hosts the cable TV series “Your mindRAMP to Brain Health,” is the creator of MemAerobics©, Animal Congregations© Cards and Memory Mining© and teaches a college gerontology course in Portland, Oregon entitled: “The Mature Mind.” He was appointed as a voting delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, has designed brain wellness programs as a consultant for AARP and is a multiple-year presenter at the ASA-NCoA and McGinty Alzheimer’s Conferences. Anunsen’s educational methods were presented at the inaugural Global Conference on Aging at Oxford, UK.read more
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