Alzheimer's Speaks

Dementia And The Arts

Raising Awareness of Abilities Through the Beauty of the Arts

Empowering Individuals Where All Can Participate

Dementia and the Arts™ educational videos were formed to lift the voices of people living with dementia while raising awareness of their abilities. We discuss the when's and why's of how they got involved with art, along with what they get out of creating it, and other people's reactions to it. Individuals share the techniques they use, how they adapt as the disease progresses, and how their emotions are expressed through their work.

We know Dementia and the Arts know no boundaries and feel it's important to be inclusive of all people no matter what form of dementia they are living with. We work hard to accommodate time zone differences around the world so we don't exclude people due to their location.

In 2024, shows will feature individuals and will include care partners as they share their thoughts on how art can improve quality of life for a person living with dementia. Reach out if you are interested in partnering with to reduce stigmas and highlights what's possible when living with dementia.

All levels of artwork and all forms of art are welcome. Here is a brief list of types of art: painting, coloring, woodworking, photography, dance, song, music, poetry... and more.

Hosts of Dementia and the Arts

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Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer's Speaks, Cofounder of Dementia Map, Coproducer and Cohost of Conscious Caregiving with L & L. Most importantly she cared for her mother who lived 30 years with dementia. Lori's journey with her mother changed her life, and positioned her to improve dementia care around the world.

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Mary Crescenzo is a Master teaching artist, Director, Actor, Singer, Lyricist, and Librettist. She is the Author of the book The Planet Alzheimer’s Guide, a Playwright of Planet A, about the inner world of Alzheimer’s, a public speaker, and a consultant for arts engagement with Alzheimer’s and other dementia through “Care through the Arts”℠.

Get inspired and be amazed as we speak to people diagnosed with a variety of dementias as they share their art projects with us. Find out how you can help your loved one or those you care for get involved with art.

Creating Beauty, Finding Comfort, & Empowering Individuals

Wonderful Resources!

Recognitions and Awards

Lori La Bey is a change agent shifting dementia care around the world. Just ask Oprah, Maria Shriver, Sharecare, AARP MN, or The National Institute for Dementia Education who have recognized her cutting-edge approach to shift global dementia care. Lori's own mother lived with dementia for thirty years, so you can be comforted knowing she truly understands the needs of those diagnosed, their families, and professionals who care for them.

Oprah Winfrey

Lori La Bey named "Health Hero & Alzheimer's Empath" by O Magazine.

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Maria Shriver

Lori La Bey named "Architect of Change for Humanity" by Maria Shriver.

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Lori La Bey named "#1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer's Disease" by Sharecare.

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Lori La Bey named "50 Over 50" and "Disruptor & Inspiring Leader" by AARP MN and Pollen.

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