Agreeing to Remember: Teaching Dementia Care Through Improv

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A friend and I just started a new group, Agreeing to Remember. I’ve been performing improv comedy for over 7 years, and, other than dementia care, it’s my biggest passion. I love being on stage, “playing” with my friends, and creating a world that didn’t exist previously.

Improv and positive dementia care have a lot in common. You’ve probably heard this before, though. There are podcasts, online videos, and blog posts detailing the importance and emerging art of teaching dementia care through improv techniques.

I live in Pittsburgh, PA, and that’s where we’ve started this group. I’m really excited to be able to bring something new to this community, but I also hope that we’ll be able to travel to other places. I think the techniques that you learn in improv (such as: always agree with your scene partner, say “yes, and”, and help your scene partner to build something awesome) are all things we use in dementia care, too.

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Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. She owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting company.

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