Michael Patterson

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East Coast Principal, mindRAMP & Associates
Silver Spring,
Speaker & Consultant

Michael Patterson is an educator, consultant and writer who specializes in longevity, cognition, brain health and creativity. Patterson has produced and presented hundreds of brain health forums and presentations across the country as Director of AARP’s award-winning Staying Sharp program and through MINDRAMP CONSULTING a company he co-founded in 2009 with Roger Anunsen. Michael is currently researching and writing about the evolution of human creativity and how creative engagement and the arts promote human development and mental capacity. A formal professional actor and theater director, Michael is fascinated by the convergence of the humanities and the sciences.

Keynote Speaking:

  • Flourishing in Longevity: The Creative Arts and Brain Health in Later Life. Shepherdstown, West Virginia Aging Well Workshop, May 2012.
  • Gilda’s Club LaughFest (Laughter Rx), Grand Rapids, MI (March, 2012) – The Healing Power of Humor and Laughter; Rx Brain Health for Caregivers: Humor, Laughter and Stress Management.
  • Tapping Potential: Arts Leaning in Later Life, NCCA Symposium, Boston, Nov. 2011
  • Creating Programs for Caregivers and People with Dementia & Memory Loss, NCCA Symposium Miami, FL, 2011
  • The Science of Creativity and Cognitive Engagement, NCCA Symposium Mountainview, CA. June, 2010
  • Why Creativity and Lifelong Learning Matter, NCCA Symposium San Francisco, 2010


  • Strathmore Music Center Arts & Brain Series – Presentation design; speakers
  • GenCare Communities, Seattle, WA. -  “Stay Sharp” brain health project.
  • St. Ann’s Home, Grand Rapids Michigan – Brain Health Staff Training.
  • Cllimax Portable Tools, Newbury, OR – Brain Health Training
  • Dr. Barry Grodon, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD - Research on the neuroscience of creativity
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, Wheaton, MD. – Activity Programming; marketing

Panelist, Speaker, Presenter, Moderator

  • Aging Services of Michigan, Conference. Marketing Brain Health and Brain Health for Direct Care Workers. May 2012
  • Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Michigan. The New Age of Aging. Oct 2011
  • Asbury Methodist Village: The Power and Potential of the Mature Mind; Memory and forgetting; Humor and Laughter
  • Association for Arts Educators, Boston – Arts & Human Development, 2011
  • Brooke Grove Retirement Village, (4 weeks), 2011
  • GSA Conference, Award Presenter – Gene Cohen Creativity and Aging Award (Dr. Barry Bittman)- 2011
  • GROWS Networking Group, November 4, 2010
  • Har Tzeon. The Power & Potential of the Mature Mind. 7/1/10
  • JCCGW Science & Technology Courses, November 17, 2010
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, Brain Health Programs for Older Adults. 3/10/10
  • Ingleside at King Farm, MD 2010
  • Leading Age Conference: Evidence-Based Brain Health Programs, October 2012
  • Leisure World, The Power & Potential of the Mature Mind. 5/12/10
  • Mays Chapel Ridge, Baltimore, November 20, 2010
  • Oasis at Montgomery Mall, February 2, 2011
  • ProAge Networking, Springwell, Baltimore, 8/12/10
  • Strathmore Music Center, Presenter, 2010 – Your Brain on Laughter: The Neuroscience of Humor & Improvisation
  • Strathmore Music Center, Presenter, 2012 – the Mature Amateur – Creativity and the Aging Brain with Dr. Bruce Miller and Gay Hanna Strathmore Music Center, Moderator – Music, Cognition and Perception with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer;
  • Strathmore Music Center, Moderator – The Neuroscience of Jazz Improvisation with neuroscientist Dr. Charles Limb

Media Presentations:

  • ASA MindAlert Webinar – Creative Arts and Brain Health in Later Life, April 2012
  • NCCA Webinar – Why Creativity Matters, 2011
  • NCCA Webinar – Why Creativity Matters, 2010
  • mindRAMP Webinar – Introduction to Brain Health series, 2010
  • mindRAMP Webinar – The CogWheels of Brain Health series 2010
  • Senior Center Without Walls Phone Class – This is your Brain On… (series)
  • Senior Center Without Walls Phone Class – What’s New in Brain Health (series)
  • Dorot Phone Class – What’s New in Brain Health (series)
  • CCTV television & DVD series – This Is Your Brain On… Theatre


  • Johns Hopkins University – Prevention & Treatment of Cognitive Decline & Dementia (Odyssey Program – Certificate of Aging Program) Spring 2011
  • Johns Hopkins University – Arts & The Creative Brain, (Odyssey), Oct 2011
  • Health & Human Services In-Service Training – Montgomery Co. MD – Prevention and Treatment of Dementia & Alzheimer’s, 2011
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, Silver Spring, MD – The Six CogWheels of Brain Health, 10 sessions, Spring 2011
  • Marymount University – Brain Health All Day Seminar, 2010
  • Montgomery College – The Power & Potential of the Mature Mind, 2010
  • McMinnville Senior Center, OR – Brain Health for the Mature Mind 2010
  • Smithsonian Institute – Brain Health all Day Seminar, 2010
  • Wilsonville Community Center, OR – Brain Health for the Mature Mind, 2010


Writing and Publications:

  • The Arts & Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning and Individual Well-Being. NEA White Paper – (w/ Gay Hanna, Judy Rollins, Andrea Sherman)
  • The Creative Arts & Brain Health in Later Life. (w/ Susan Perlstein). ASA Generations special edition on Neuroscience of the Aging Brain
  • The mindRAMP Brain Health Blog
  • The mindRAMP Method for Ramping Up Your Brain Health
  • The mindRAMP Do-It-Yourself Brain Health Workbook
  • The mindRAMP This is Your Brain ON DVD Screening Guide
  • Creativity: Myths and Misunderstandings (in development)
  • Nimble Body, Nimble Mind: The Evolution of Human Creativity (in development)

Boards and Advisory Committees:

  • National Center for Creative Aging, Secretary of the Board, Research Chair
  • Research Center for the Arts & Culture, 2010, advisory board
  • CDC/Alzheimer’s Roadmap to Brain Health, Communications Committee
  • GSA Humanities & Arts Committee
  • Health & Wellness Subcommittee, Montgomery Co. MD
Program and Project Development
Keynote Speaker
Aging Services Provider