Despite cognitive loss, the ability to respond to the arts can still be appreciated on an emotional level. Art and music can act as gateways to stories and memories. In fact, research shows that art can help stimulate memory, enhance conversation and build a sense of inclusiveness among individuals with dementia.
Community partners, Cape Cod Museum of Art and Alzheimer’s Family Support Center invite people with memory impairment and their caregivers to “meet us at the museum” for a series of free weekly programs. Every Friday, there’s something new to experience as participants engage not only with art, but also with other members of the group in a warm, caring, supportive environment.
Attend as many, or as few events, as you want. Although these free Fridays are not “drop off” programs, they are “drop-in” opportunities for caregivers and those they care for to bond with their peers and get in touch with their creative side.
Color Me Creative!
Arts & Ideas
The Artist Within
Art & Conversation
Once in a Blue Friday – Art & Conversation
For more information or to register for a Friday program at the
Cape Cod Museum of Art,
Contact the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center:
(508) 896-5170 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions for the Cape Cod Museum of Art? Call: 508-385-4477 x15
The Alzheimer’s Association provides this insight into the power of art for those having the condition:
Art projects can create a sense of accomplishment and purpose. They can provide the person with dementia — as well as caregivers — an opportunity for self-expression.
When planning an art activity for someone with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer’s, keep these tips in mind:
- Keep the project on an adult level. Avoid anything that might be demeaning or seem childlike.
- Build conversation into the project. Provide encouragement, discuss what the person is creating or reminiscence.
- Help the person begin the activity. If the person is painting, you may need to start the brush movement. Most other projects should only require basic instruction and assistance.
- Use safe materials. Avoid toxic substances and sharp tools.
- Allow plenty of time, keeping in mind that the person doesn’t have to finish the project in one sitting.