Publications (select)


Creative Care. Forthcoming from Harper One.

The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder-Care. Eds. Anne Basting, Ellie Rose and Maureen Towey.  University of Iowa Press (2016). 

TimeSlips Creativity Journal. Attainment Co. 2015.

Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (2009).

Reviews of Forget Memory:

  1. Kate de Medeiros. “The Experience of Dementia: Personal, Programmatic, and Practical Considerations.” Gerontologist; Apr2010, Vol. 50 Issue 2, p276-279, 4p

    1. Sally Knocker. “Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia – review.” Ageing & Society; May2010, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p723-724, 2p

    2. Lisa Snyder. “Forget Memory by Anne Davis Basting.” Journal of Gerontological Social Work; Nov/Dec2010, Vol. 53 Issue 8, p776-778, 3p

    3. Dalia Gottlieb Tanaka. “Forget Memory by Anne Davis Basting.” Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement, Volume 29, Number 3, September/septembre 2010, pp. 471-472

    4. Bjorn Moller. “Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia by Anne Davis Basting.” Dementia February 2010 9: 153-155.

The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture.  Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 1998.


Essays in Anthologies/Book Chapters

Basting, Anne. "From Islands to Networks: Using Improvisation to Build Relationships Among Individuals and Systems." In Sheila McCormick's Applied Theatre and Aging. London: Methuen Press, 2017.

Basting, Anne. "The Arts in Dementia Care." In Murna Downs and Barbara Bower's Excellence in Dementia Care. Volume 2. 2014.

Mello, Robin and Anne Basting.  “'You Should Publish This in the Reader’s Digest': Improvisational Storytelling with People with Dementia.”  In Terry Ann Thaxton’s (Editor) Creative Writing in the Community. London: Continuum International Publishing.

Roush, R. E., Braun, M., Basting, A., Winakur, J., Rosenberg, R., & McFadden, S. H.  “Using the arts to promote resiliency among persons with dementia and their caregivers.”  In B.  Resnick, L. Gwyther, & K. A. Roberto (Eds.), Resilience in aging: Concepts, research, and outcomes. Springer, 2011.

“God is a Talking Horse: Voices of People with Dementia.”  In Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance. Eds. Philip Auslander and Carrie Sandahl. U of Michigan Press. 2005.


Selected Articles

Basting, A. (2017) "Building Creative Communities of Care: Arts, dementia and Hope in the United States." Dementia. Jan 1:1471301217740959. doi: 10.1177/1471301217740959. 

Basting, A., Peters, K., & Katz, S. (2015). Interview with Dr Anne Davis Basting, 21 May 2013. Dementia (London,
     England), 14(3), 328-34.

De Medeiros, K., & Basting, A. (2014). 'Shall I Compare Thee to a Dose of Donepezil?': Cultural Arts Interventions in
     Dementia Care Research. The Gerontologist, 54(3), 344-353.

Savundranayagam, M., Dilley, L., & Basting, A. (2011). StoryCorps' Memory Loss Initiative: Enhancing personhood
     for storytellers with memory loss. Dementia, 10(3), 415-433.

Mcfadden, & Basting. (2010). Healthy Aging Persons and Their Brains: Promoting Resilience Through Creative      
     Engagement. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 26(1), 149-161.

Basting, A. (2006). Beyond the Stigma of Alzheimer's. Journal of Medical Humanities, 27(2), 125-126.

Basting, A. “The Arts and Dementia Care.”  Generations.  30.1Spring (2006): 16-20.

Basting, A. “Reading the Story Behind the Story: Context and Content in Stories by People with
     Dementia.”  Generations.  Fall 2003.

Basting, A. “Looking Back from Loss:  Performing the “Self” in Alzheimer’s Disease.”  Journal of Aging
.  2003.


Training Manuals

TimeSlips Creativity Storytelling (2nd edition).  Milwaukee: UWM Center on Age & Community, 2011.

ArtCare: The story of how an arts program can transform long term care.  Milwaukee: UWM Center on Age
     & Community, 2008.

TimeSlips: Creative storytelling with people with dementia.  Milwaukee:  UWM Center on Age & Community, 2004.

The Arts and Dementia Care: A resource guide.  New York: National Center on Creative Aging, 2003.


Short Essays

"Stealing Hope." Changing Aging Blog.  (December 29, 2017). 

"Why We Need to Pour Creativity Into Our Elder Care Systems: An Influencer in Aging on how the arts can improve the lives of older adults." Next Avenue. (December 14, 2016). 

"‘The Odyssey’ in a Long-Term Care Community: Performing a play based on the epic poem transformed its participants." Next Avenue. (May 1, 2015). 

"Why the Arts Are Key to Dementia Care" Next Avenue (April 23, 2015).

“The Power of Story.”  Aging Today.  (Sept 2011).

Book Review:  Carved in Sand.  Aging Today  28.5 (Sept-Oct 2007): 14.

“NPR’s StoryCorps Initiative Helps Preserve Fading Memories.” Aging Today  28.4 (July-Aug 2007): 14.

Book Review:  Alive with Alzheimer’s.  Journal of Medical Humanities. 27.2 (June 2006): 125-126.

Book Review:  “Standing Ovation and Handle with Care.” Gerontologist.  44 (2004): 579-581.

“The TimeSlips Project: Freeing the Creative Voice from Voices of Doubt.” Signpost. 8.3 (Feb. 2004): 15-17.



“God is a Talking Horse,”  in The diversity of Alzheimer’s disease: different approaches and contexts.  Eds. Annette Leibing and Lilian Scheinkman.  Rio de Janeiro: Edições IPUB-CUCA, 2002.



“Meaningful Activities,”, February 2006


White Papers

2011 Interactive Workshop White Paper: Using the Arts and Humanities in Community Health

2010 Fall Next Steps Think Tank White Paper: Adult Day Services

2009 Next Steps Think Tank White Paper: How can we radically transform activities in long term care?

2008 Next Steps Think Tank White Paper: Partnerships in Aging and Family Caregiving: Getting Innovation into Practice

2006 Next Steps Think Tank White Paper:  Creative Expression and Dementia Care: Finding Meaning in Dementia