Art of Storytelling as a Therapeutic Tool in Memory Support Programming



August 22, 2022


2:00 p.m.
Marianna Blagburn


Join us for this virtual event and learn about this therapeutic approach to programming and how we connect with our residents living with a form of dementia. Ingleside at Rock Creek Memory Programming and Services Director, Marianna Blagburn, will be sharing with us about storytelling conversations and the practical application in dementia-specific care settings.

At Ingleside, we look beyond the disease to the person. Dementia does not define the person or tell us who the person is; the person tells us who they are through their lived experience. We design and deliver programs that nurture imagination, help residents to remember, and support our resident’s abilities to express themselves.

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Marianna Blagburn, has more than ten years of experience in the field of aging, and is an advocate for older adults who wish to live an engaged and active life in community. Prior to arriving at Ingleside, Marianna was the Associate Director of Innovative Programming and Marketing at a Memory Care community in DC. Under her leadership, Marianna developed a personalized mind, body, and spirit approach to programs, including a nature studies field school, a circuit wellness program for strength and flexibility, and small group discussion groups through storytelling conversations and the visual arts. In collaboration with the clinical team, Marianna also developed an Adult Day Social Program for those living at home with neurological decline, and educational programs for staff and other providers on addressing the Mental Health of Adults in Assisted Living Memory Support. A social scientist and nonprofit leader, Marianna is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a graduate of American University’s Master’s Program in Anthropology, with a focus on culture change.

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