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Art for Alzheimer’s

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

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Instead of the traditional lecture programs, these programs are inquiry-based and do not require any prior art knowledge.  When leading tours, the specially trained guides at these facilities will engage everyone by asking questions such as: “What do you see, and what do you think of the colors?” instead of, “Who knows who Picasso is?”

A lecturer at the MoMA program says that such experiences offer loved ones, and caregivers:

  • an opportunity for personal growth,
  • idea exchange without needing to rely on short-term memory,
  • opportunity to access long-term memories,
  • insight into a loved one’s ideas and interests,
  • means to make connection between experiences and the world
  • social setting, and
  • respite, both physically and psychologically.

The Alzheimer’s Association fully endorses these programs and lists many of them on its Web site, The Alzheimer’s Reading Room also lists many of the museums, including those in Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, California, and Illinois. Caregivers can see for more information, or contact the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Association for local options.

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