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Pitt Lecture To Show How Arts Can Improve Care for Alzheimer’s

WHAT: “Forget Memory, Try Imagination,” a lecture about using the arts to improve quality of life for people with dementia. The 2012 Jay L. Foster Community Lecture on Alzheimer’s disease is presented by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

WHO: Anne Basting, Ph.D., executive director of the Center on Age and Community at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 29

WHERE: Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave., Shadyside

WHY: Families continue to face the challenge of caring for relatives with Alzheimer’s disease. The Foster lecture series, named for Pittsburgh businessman Jay L. Foster, who died of the disease in 2000, offers support and information for family members, caregivers and others who face the daily struggles of Alzheimer’s.

An educator, scholar and artist, Basting’s work focuses on the potential for the arts and humanities to improve quality of life. For over 15 years, she has developed and researched methods for embedding the arts into long-term care, with a particular focus on people with cognitive disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jill Ruempler at 412-383-8849 or

Note to Media: To cover this lecture, contact Allison Hydzik or Cyndy McGrath at 412-647-9975.

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