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  1. It has been my experience, working in a variety of settings with older adults, that those suffering from Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and other forms of dementia, face daily isolation, beyond their clinical support. Family, friends, and caregivers, often at a loss on how to connect, begin withdrawing, leaving individuals isolated and frightened. The importance of the arts in human connection cannot be understated. To experience a room full of Alzheimer’s patients, singing and dancing, is to see and feel their spirit and joy, their freedom to express themselves, internal emotions that remain while all else is fading. Integrating such art programs within the community to bring together people of all abilities, bridges the gap and lessens the stigmas, reconnecting to one another, however briefly, in deeper and meaningful ways.

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