In June 2018, I found an article published by The Birkshire Eagle entitled “‘Memories in the Making’ helps people with Alzheimer’s and caregivers”. My grandmother suffered with Alzheimer’s and my mother with dementia, so this resonated with me on a very personal level.
Like a coffee house, a carefully curated soundtrack of easy listening and soft jazz standards relaxes everyone in the room. On one recent April afternoon, Billie Holiday’s voice evoked nostalgia as she crooned, “I’ll be seeing you / In all the old familiar places / That this heart of mine embraces / All day and through / In that small cafe / The park across the way …”
In no time, aging fingertips flutter to life, swirling brushes between water and paint, pressing lines and curves of color onto a once empty page, creating a tangible new chapter to remember life by.
This is “Memories in the Making,” a program of the Alzheimer’s Association internationally used as a tool to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and other similar forms of dementia. It’s designed to give those with impacted cognitive abilities a creative and emotional outlet that could improve self-esteem and focus; reduce isolation and reconnect loved ones by providing a new avenue for communication to tap into new discoveries and past memories.
This was exactly the type of organization I was looking for, praying for, to partner with and donate product to. So I reached out and scheduled an appointment to join them one lovely morning earlier in the summer. I actually had the opportunity to paint with several of the artists described in the article! ❤ It was an absolutely fantastic experience and I look forward to painting again with my new friends in the early fall.
I just got an update from Sharon about the watercolor brush pens donated. You can read about her update here in the attached PDF (Testimonial August 2018 )
If you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or know a caregiver looking for additional support, please encourage them to explore local art therapy outlets such as Memories In The Making (you might need to Google for a location near you), or contact the Alzheimer’s Association for other resources.
And if you would like additional information about Inspire! Art products, please feel free to visit us at www.puttinghopetowork.com/inspireart/
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