Neurologist Bruce Miller will give a free public talk about his research that has found some patients with dementia develop new artistic abilities at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.
“Portraits of Artists with Dementia” will be the first in the UCD Alzheimer’s Disease Center distinguished lecture series.
Miller directs the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center. There, he has seen patients discover new abilities in the visual arts and music, as well as in gardening and in mechanical design, according to a news release. Among his other findings: Some people with Alzheimer’s disease show more kindness and generosity in the early stage of their illness.
Miller also oversees a healthy aging program that selects visiting artists at UCSF, where they learn about neurodegenerative disorders and then share that experience with the public.