neuroplasticity and older people

by Elizabeth
(Bordentown, NJ )

Hi Mike,


I actually have a question, but first let me tell you a little bit about myself and the reason for my question...

My passion in life is writing. I currently write communications for my company, and I am attending graduate school for Public Relations.

I am also a poet/writer and teach creative writing at an assisted living facility. For my current grad class, I have to write a business proposal. I have chosen to target assisted living facilities to sell my program on the benefits of a creative poetry/writing class. My current work with the assisted living population is incredible, and that doesn't surprise me, as I know first hand that poetry/creative writing has a healing effect.

I stumbled on neuroplasticity about a year ago, and know that the creative aspect of writing changes the brain. I can't seem to find anything in my searches to substantiate it, and was wondering if you knew of any web articles/books that do....

sorry for the long story, but I needed to give you the background.

Thanks in advance, Elizabeth

PS - I have bookmarked your page, so I can return to it, and go through the entire site. There is a lot of info here, very inspiring to me. Thank You!

Hi Elizabeth, sorry it took me so long to reply. I would start with the book The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, and then take a look at Posit Science website which is the site of Michael Merzenich, Ph.D, mentioned in the book.

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