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Memories In The Making

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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BACK TO FUN SALE!

I’ve you’ve been reading my PuttingHopeToWork for very long, you may recall that we launched the Inspire! Art product line in June 2018 because we wanted a way to reach beyond the boundaries of PHTW to bring a bit of hope and inspiration others.

How are we doing that?

We’ve been so blessed by the support of the PHTW community (which continues to grow daily!), and to say thank you we’re kicking off a BACK TO FUN sale starting tomorrow. Shop AmazonPrime between 7/24/18-8/10/18 for the low price of $16.95 and if you enter the coupon code “BeBlessed15” you can take an additional 15% off at checkout!  WOW!    

Thank you for your prayers, shares and continued support.  Praying you truly are blessed in every way! ❤

Jenny, aka Miss Hope
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Follow this link to purchase and be sure to enter the COUPON CODE below for an extra discount at checkout!

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Promise Made

When launching Inspire! Art, I made a public promise to charitable giving.

” We believe in giving of our time, talent and treasure.  In addition to free e-color books, every purchase of Inspire! Art products helps to provide free product and/or financial support to programs serving elderly adults as well as children with special needs”.

Last week I spent some time with Sharon Lazerson of Kimball Farms Lifecare in Lenox MA.  Sharon invited me to join one of her “Memories In The Making” sessions, 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 is 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.

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So often we think that in order to make a difference, we need to do something “big”.  Not so.

I brought a basket full of Inspire! Art Watercolor Paint Brush Sets, a smiling face, and a listening ear.

Simply by showing kindness and by taking the time ‘to see and hear’ the lives of my fellow art students (instead of ‘see over and dismiss’), I definitely got more than I gave that day!

I’ve got many more sets to donate.  Hope to have another share soon.

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