Memories Through Art
Residents from our memory care support neighborhoods at Casa del Maré and Mätterhaus showed off their talents last month. Casa del Maré's Gallery Night (shown here) and Mätterhaus' Arty Party showcased resident artwork from the Alzheimer's Association's Memories in the MakingTM (MIM) program. Casa del Maré featured a watercolor demonstration so famlies and community members could view the artistic process that residents go through at their weekly sessions and the Mätterhaus poetry group presented some of their original pieces created through the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.
With the encouragement of a trained art facilitator, residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and most without any art experience, are able to create meaningful works of art through the MIM program. Each session provides an opportunity to engage socially and reminisce about meaningful life moments, individuals, or personal interests. Participants share stories about their art and facilitators assist in recording these memories. Nancy Armitage, Southeastern Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association MIM Coordinator, notes that "the program offers an emotionally safe environment with positive messages. It is designed to be fun but also serves as a communication tool for families and professional caregivers to learn more about the person with dementia."
You can view artwork from select Memories in the Making participants at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee and UW Parkside Fine Arts Gallery throughout the month of June.
We're proud to announce Village Pointe Commons was recently selected as an additional location to offer this unique art program by the Alzheimer's Association.
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