Alzheimer’s disease is a very scary thing to go through. Oftentimes the person going through it recognizes that they are, as they become less and less able to recall some of the simplest things. There is currently a study on the effectiveness of improv on the well-being of Alzheimer’s patients.
“Improv is all about being in the moment, which for someone with memory loss, that is a very safe place,” says Mary O’Hara, a social worker at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “Maybe thinking about the past and trying to remember makes the person a little anxious or even a bit sad because their memory is failing. And maybe thinking about the future too much is also anxiety-provoking. So being in the moment is such a safe and a good place to be.”
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