Cathy Greenblat, PhD, has engaged in a cross-cultural photographic project on aging, dementia, and end of life care since 2001. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she served as a member of the Department of Sociology, Women’s Studies, and the Bloustein School of Planning, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. During her academic career she authored more than 100 professional articles and 14 books including textbooks, trade books, and specialized sociology books. Her photography books, Alive with Alzheimer’s, and the German translation (Alzheimer und Lebensqualitat) and Love, Loss and Laughter were published after her retirement. In 2012 she was made an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University.

In addition to the author’s professional expertise, she has been affected by Alzheimer’s in a personal way. Both maternal grandparents succumbed to Alzheimer’s. Her grandfather, a successful attorney and politician, lived his final years with Alzheimer's. When home care became too difficult, he was placed in a ‘premier’ facility where “care” meant keeping the patient fed, hydrated, and safe. Ten years later, her grandmother suffered the same fate. When Cathy's mother was diagnosed years later, the author was able to find a much richer context thanks to what she had learned from this project.


Cathy Greenblat is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Rutgers University where she served for 35 years as a member of the Department of Sociology, Women’s Studies, and the Bloustein School of Planning. The author of 16 books and more than 100 articles, she has lectured in the USA, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Africa, the Philippines, China, Australia, and Japan. Since 2002 she has been engaged in a cross-cultural photographic project on aging, dementia, and end of life care. Between 2002 and 2012, while living in Nice, France she was an Artist in Residence at the University Hospital Network (CHU) of Nice, France and an Honorary Research Fellow at the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK. In 2012 she was named an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University.


2013 Seven states in Australia, "Love, Loss, and Laughter: Seeing Demetia Differently". See http://exhibition.fightdemetia.org.au

2013 Haifa, Israel (November) "Arts, Hearts, and Minds"

2012 University of Worcester, Hive Library, "Arts, Hearts an Minds"

2012 New York, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, ,“Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently”

2012 London, University College London, ,“Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently”

2012 Geneva, Switzerland, World Health Organization, and Palais des Nations, “Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently”

2011 Monaco, Theatre Princesse Grace, “Arts and Minds”

2011 - 2012 Nice, France, Maison de la Montagne, “A Nice nos musées nous accueillent - Part 2 - Project CALMAN " (Traveling exhibit to 7 venues in Nice for 4-6 weeks each)

2011 Salamanca, Spain, Palacio Casigrande, "Amor , Perdida y Risa"

2011 Salamanca, Spain, National Reference Centre for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, “Amor, Perdida y Risa"

2011 Madrid, Spain, Fundacion Reina Sofia,“Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently”

2011 Toronto, Canada, Baycrest Hospital Watercooler Gallery, “Celebrating Life”

2011 Glasgow, Scotland, Gallery of Glasgow Caledonian University, “Love, Loss and Laughter”

2010 Washington DC, National Academy of Science/ Institute of Medicine, Keck Gallery, “Love Loss, and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently”

2010 Houston, TX, FotoFest official exhibit, Univ of Texas Medical School, “Alive at the End of Life”

2010 Nice, France, Bibliotheque Nucera Gallery, “A Nice les musées nous accueillent…”

2010 Geneva, Switzerland, EMS Les Mouilles / Petit-Lancy, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2009 10 city traveling exhibit, India, “Living with Alzheimer’s”

2009 Wolverhampton, GB, Light House Gallery, “Accompanying Alzheimer’s: Loss, Love, and Laughter”

2009 Harrogate, London, UK, 4th Dementia Congress, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2009 Monte Carlo, Monaco, Princess Grace Theatre, “La vie jusqu’au bout…”

2009 Constanz, Germany, Nycomed Pharmaceuticals Headquarters, “Alive at the End of Life”

2009 Vienna, Austria, European Association of Palliative Care, “Alive at the End of Life”

2009 Somerset, NJ, USA New Jersey Alzheimer’s Association (twice), “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2009 New Brunswick, NJ, USA, Institute for Women and Art, Mabel Smith Douglass Galleries, “Alive at the End of Life”

2008 Mediatheque de Nice, Gallerie Thiole, Nice, France “Little Things with Great Love: End of Life Care in Four Countries”

2008 - present Nice, France, Cimiez Hospital, Permanent Gallery, “Mémoire en face à face”

2006-2008 Munich, Germany + other cities, traveling exhibit “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2007 Nice, France, Acropolis, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2007 Osaka, Japan, IPA Congress, “Gardeners of the Heart”

2007 Amarillo, TX, Southern Light Gallery, “Forgotten but Remembering; Remembered but Forgetting”

2007 Princeton, NJ, Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, “Long Term Care for the Dependent Elderly: Lessons from Mexico, California and Japan”

2006 Titusville, NJ, Janssen Cilag Art Gallery, “Long Term Care for the Dependent Elderly: Lessons from Mexico, California and Japan”

2006 Washington, DC, National Institute of Aging, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2006 Cleveland, OH, Case Western Reserve Medical School, “Quality Care for Alzheimer’s Disease”

2005 New Brunswick, NJ, Johnson and Johnson Art Gallery, “Long Term Care for the Dependent Elderly: Lessons from Mexico, California and Japan”

2005 Stockholm, Sweden, “Rx for Dementia: Touch, Music, Dignity”

2004 Cardiff, Wales, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2004 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, La Citadelle Galerie, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2004 Kyoto, Japan, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2004 Munich, Germany, Gasteig Cultural Center, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2004 Baltimore, MD, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”

2002 Nice, France, FNAC Photo Galerie, “Keeping the Connection”

2002 Maastricht, Netherlands, “Keeping the Connection”


2010 Los Angeles, CA 30 photo series, “A Long Hello” for special event on Best Documentary photography of 2009

2009 Houston, TX, 9 photos in Methodist Hospital exhibit, “Healing Journey: Animal Guides”

2007 Chardon, Ohio “Quality Care for Dementia” in Art from the Heart Exhibit

2004 Paris, France, Six photos, “Faith among the Forgotten”, in Photobis

2004 Galerie Espace Saint Martin.


2010 Invited to deliver the 2010 Hinda and Richard Rosenthal Foundation Lecture, Institute of Medicine of the USA, Washington DC

2007 John McGovern Annual Award for work on Family, Health and Human Values, Houston, TX

2002-0206 Prizes in competitions by Women in Photography International: 1st prize and Honorable Mention, Amateur category, “Decisive Moments: A Tribute to Henri Cartier Bresson”; Honorable mention, “Beauty” competition; 2 images in “Turning Silver” competition (100 best black and white images on any theme); 1 image in “best 25”, 1 in “best 100” “Portraits”

2002 FNAC Competition Talent 2002 – “Mention Speciale” (honorable mention)


2012 Love, Loss, and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer's Differently. Guilford CT; Lyons Press/ Globe Pequot

2011 "Guest Editorial : Changing images, changing visions, changing practices" , International Psychogeriatrics, 23: 9: 1361-1363.

2009 “Maladie d’Alzheimer”, Plateform Magazine, juillet, vol 9,http://www.plateformag.com/

2009 C. Filleau, C. Greenblat, V. Lafont, P. Robert, Empreintes: Outil de formation des aidants et soin de patient Alzheimer par reminiscence. Institut Alzheimer, Paris.

2009 “Self-management of patients [with Alzheimer’s disease] — Another perspective”, with Francoise Guillo-Ben Arous and K. Jacob Roy. Chapter in Sabine Baehrer-Kohler, Self-Management of Chronic Disease: Alzheimer’s.Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. (includes 9 of my photographs plus text)

2009-11 All illustrations for World Alzheimer’s Report, 2009 and WAR 2010 and WAR 2011, published by Alzheimer’s Disease International.

2006 Alzheimer und Lebensqualitat, Hamburg: EB-Verlag (German translation of Alive with Alzheimer’s: 121 pp, 87 photographs)

2006 “Image d’une réussite: L’expérience du Japon”, Gerontologie, 15 janvier. (Cover photo and 12 internal photos in this article I wrote about photographing in Japan.)

2004 Alive with Alzheimer’s. Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press. (120 pp., 85 photographs)

2003 “Faith among the Forgotten”, Contexts, 2,1 Feb 2003: 50-57. (Photo-essay about religion in a Mexican old age home)

All illustrations for 2 editions of the University of Bradford Dementia Care Programme (48 pp). Cover photographs: Rosalie Hudson (ed) Dementia Nursing: A Guide to Practice, Carol Bowlby Sifton, Navigating the Alzheimer’s Journey: A Compass for Caregiving. Interior images in Dan Kuhn and Jane Verity, The Art of Dementia Care. Cover image, 4th edition of Dementia (textbook by David Ames et al); cover photos of 4 issues of 2011 volume of International Psychogeriatrics.


2012 (Forthcoming, September) Keynote address, “Arts, Hearts, and Minds”, 7th International Conference on Creative Expression, Communication, and Dementia, University of Worcester, UK 2012 “Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently: Changing Images, Changing Visions, Changing Practices”, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and Grant Laboratory in Epidemiology and Clinical Studies, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco CA2012 “Changing People’s Minds About People’s Changing Brains”, Pace University, NYC, USA

2010 “Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently: Changing Images, changing visions, changing practices”, 2010 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Lecture, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC

2009 “Seeing Dementia Differently”, Main speaker, Benefactor’s Dinner, NJ Alzheimer’s Association

2009 “Seeing Dementia Differently”, Light House Gallery, Wolverhampton, GB

2009 “Seeing Dementia Differently”, various versions of this presented in 12 talks in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, India in a 3 week tour

2009 “Improving Palliative Care Awareness and Training with Visual Materials”, with David Clark, European Association of Palliative Care Conference, Vienna, Austria (poster session)

2009 “Re-visioning the End of Life”, Rutgers University, NJ, USA

2009 “What’s Wrong with This Picture? Destigmatizing Dementia”, Old Tyneside Hospital, Newcastle, GB and Old Age Psychiatrists’ 25th Annual Conference, Cumbria, GB

2009 “The Memory Clinic: A Photographic Account”, Hawker Care Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

2008 “Photography, Illness and Dying Reconsidered”, University of Texas Medical School, John P. McGovern Institute for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit.

2008 "’Little Things with Great Love’: Palliative Care in Four Countries",Grand Rounds Presentation, Palliative Care Service, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

2007 “Holding On, Letting Go, Remembering: Photography, Illness and Dying” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and University of Lancaster, UK

2006 “Photography and the Destigmatization of Dementia”, University of Texas Medical School and University of Bradford (UK), Dementia Studies Program

2003 “Facing Alzheimer’s” International Visual Sociology Association, Southhampton, England.


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