Making Sense of Alzheimer’s is a creative space for people to understand the past, present and future of Alzheimer’s disease. It is an evolving forum, a gallery of ideas, a museum without walls.

Typical Day: Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment - "What's a typical day?" might seem like a simple rehashing of events, but the recollection can and often does provide invaluable data for clinicians looking to diagnose possible neurodegenerative diseases.
Art of the Mind: Faye Hall Link - Faye Hall’s mother left notes for the trespassers stealing her food and moving her possessions, forgetting that these were her own actions. The artist used the notes as inspiration and as a medium in a portrait of her mother.
I Am Life - Richard Rubin presents "I Am Life: Humanity In Advanced Dementia"
Building a Better Password - As people age, it can become even harder to remember the countless passwords used in daily life.
Art of the Mind: Constance McBride Link - Constance McBride noticed that her mother’s peers in assisted living were women who little family and growing memory loss. These peers inspired a series of seven sculptures.
Cognitive Comedy - Cognitive Comedy, a collaborative workshop between the Penn Memory Center and Philadelphia comedian Leah Lawler, introduces members of the PMC community to the concept of improv performances.
In His Mind’s Eye: A Poem - Christine McKee reads her poem "In His Mind's Eye" about her father's memory loss.
Lester Potts’ Changing Color Palette - After Lester Potts was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 70, his family thought he had given up. But then he met artist George Parker.
Living Positively with Mild Cognitive Impairment - Toni Hamilton discusses her diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment with Jason Karlawish, M.D.
Whealthcare: A strategy to tackle one of the earliest signs of dementia - Defining Whealthcare: The intersection of managing one's health and finances
Gone Again: A Diary of Two Wives - Bill Eisen has twice experienced once-in-a-lifetime loss: the death of one’s spouse to dementia.
Giving voice to the voiceless - In 2014, Andreas Lazaris founded the zine “If you’d like to hear it // I can sing it for you,” focused on the experience of aging in America.
Outlet for a Curious Brain - Donald Nye has Alzheimer's disease and is growing increasingly frustrated with his speech issues. His new hobby, painting, helps him focus.
Dear Grandma - "I feel like I have already lost my Grandma. I guess this letter is what I would like to say to you, even though I know you will never read it."
On Optimism - Jackie Carney was blindsided by her father's diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Looking back, she realizes that the signs were always there.
The One I Know: My Gentle Giant - The One I Know
Sharing her Heartsong - Bee Drachenberg and her mother, Eulene Moores, have always shared music. The medium keeps the pair together even as Moores suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Not Alone

“Not Alone” was never meant to be made public when Gardner wrote it, but a powerful response from his mother encouraged Gardner to publish a formal music video to YouTube.

Portraits of Caregivers

Photographer Raymond W. Holman, Jr. captures the sometimes forgotten figures in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease dementia.

IOM Report on Cognitive Aging

The IOM Report on Cognitive Aging

Beyond the Face of Alzheimer’s

“Beyond the Face of Alzheimer’s" - an intimate portrait of Alzheimer’s and related dementias.


A daughter's honest graphic memoir of her mother's descent into dementia.

The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging

Listen to Jason Karlawish's review of Margaret Lock's book "The Alzheimer Conundrum."

Millennials Take Action: Designing to Preserve Dignity for Persons with Dementia

Creative young adults design innovations aimed at improving quality of life of patients and caregivers.

Art of the Mind: Greg Dunn Link

Greg Dunn spent years studying the human brain, only to spend countless additional hours trying to depict it in his art. Yet the neuroscientist-turned-artist says he is humbled by how much more complex the brain is than he could ever hope to show.

The Beginning Stages of Goodbye

Artist Alexandria Levin reflects on a cross-country train trip she took to help her mother, who has dementia, move into the final stages of her life.

Should We Still Read ‘Still Alice’?

Jason Karlawish,MD explains why 'Still Alice' is not the right story to help us understand Alzheimer’s disease.

Still We Dance: Artist Charles M. Williams
Slideshow and Video

Charles M. Williams combines his art with “the possibility of the ‘long good-bye’ that is Alzheimer’s.”

Making Sense of Alzheimer’s … A Student’s Perspective

A college student asks questions about Alzheimer’s disease to try and understand the complexity of the disease.

Hilarity for Charity Joins Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Hilarity for Charity joins fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Laughing with Dugald

Dramatists know the value of comic relief in the tragedy of life. Perhaps one man's own sense of humor is helping him to live with Alzheimer's.

History of Alzheimer’s Research

A walk through important dates in Alzheimer's disease research history.

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

For a woman whose memory seems to have faded, the pages of a yearbook spark remembrance.

Stitching a Story
Slideshow and Video

UK artist Ruth Blackford uses "stitched illustration" to convey meaning around her mother's Alzheimer's.

Matthias Hollwich: Design that Embraces the Aging Process

Architect Matthias Hollwich is on a mission to change how we view the aging process.

Broken: Alzheimer’s Through the Eyes of Teenage Artists

Two teenage artists explore what Alzheimer's disease means to them.

Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease

Poet Holly Hughes hopes her collection of poetry and prose about Alzheimer’s will help those whose lives had been touched by the disease.

The One I Know: Remembering Chopin

We’re inviting you to share your favorite memories of an older adult with memory problems. We encourage participants to share photos, videos or audio recordings to help tell the story.

The Thickened Liquid Challenge

A palliative care physician starts a dialogue about the use of thickened liquids for patients with dementia.

Jonatha Brooke: Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Through a Musical Play

A conversation with singer Jonatha Brooke and how she made sense of Alzheimer’s disease through her musical play, "My Mother has Four Noses."

A Conversation in the Heartland: Living with Alzheimer’s in Community

A Conversation in the Heartland by Deborah Fries. Living with Alzheimer's in Community.

Solving the Equation: Public Health in West Philadelphia

Tobi Akindoju was always going to help people. What is always changing, however, is how.

Promoting cognitive health, Surgeon General asks nation to #StepItUp

“The simple act of walking has the power to transform your health, and it begins with a single step.”

Art of the Mind: Lint Lady Link

The love Slater Barron's parents had for each other was tangible, and Barron uses that love to portray their likeness in an unusual medium as an extension of her concern for them.

The Struggle for Peace of Mind

The Struggle for Peace of Mind by Colleen Davis. Using meditation to ease emotional burdens.

Elizabeth Kadetsky: Making Sense of Memory

Deborah Fries speaks with writer Elizabeth Kadetsky about memory and complex family relationships.


Writer Deborah Fries reads her poem Twitch.