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Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care. Forthcoming from Harper One, July 2020.

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).

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


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.  “'The Sublime, the Unsettling and the Exuberant’: Changing Students’ Attitudes Toward Aging Through TimeSlips Creative Storytelling.”  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.

Recent Scholarly Essays

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.


MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting On Asking People With Dementia 'Beautiful Questions', interview by Anne Strainchamps, NPR’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, 2019.

Theatre Artist Anne Basting Named MacArthur Fellow, Interview with Kelly McEvers, NPR’s All Things Considered, 2016

Milwaukee Independent, Aug 20, 2018

Interview with Anne Basting, by Laura Beck, Eden Alternative, web, Feb 2018

Next Avenue Moments, interview, Milwaukee Public Television

Director’s Cut, Milwaukee Public Television. Interview with Anne Basting and Brad Lichtenstein on the documentary Penelope.

The Art of Research, UWMilwaukee video

When Art is the only Medicine, TEDX talk, UWMilwaukee

Alzheimer’s Patients Turn to Stories Instead of Memories, NPR’s Morning Edition, 2012