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Alzheimer’s and Art: Breakthrough Therapy
“Your memories are all in there. The part of the brain that is damaged by Alzheimer’s is the part that gives you access. It’s as if you put the memories in the glove compartment and lost the key. And the art unlocked it.”
-Dr. John Zeisel, Founder of ARTZ and the I’m Still Here Foundation

“A great dose of art to revive rich emotional memories that are still there. With a little help from Rousseau”.

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Alzheimer’s and Art: Breakthrough Therapy,

Dave and Ramona

Imagine opening your email to this…

Hello family and friends.  Just had to share our best photo in many, many years.  Our most grateful thanks to Tiffany Paige with ARTZ (Artists for Alzheimer’s).  This shot is in one of the halls of the Crocker Art Museum.  Photo was taken yesterday 01/17/2014.  Title should be "Shall We Dance?".   Dave
Or imagine witnessing your loved one like this…

After viewing paintings of mountains, Chuck slowly started to come to life. He repeated numerous times that he “knew those mountains.” Each time he said with a bit more conviction. Eventually he said boldly “New York. Those mountains are in New York. I grew up in New York!” With that connection he went on to share memories of his childhood in the mountains of up-state New York. With each story, his sense of identity was nurtured and validated. His eyes widened, he stood up straighter, he smiled and left the museum beaming with self-confidence.

Lake Tahoe by Norton Bush,
Crocker Art Museum

“We all experience life in our own unique, individual way that then intricately intertwines with others’ lives, creating a complex, wonderful human experience. Alzheimer’s and dementia can deprive someone of the ability to weave themselves into that valuable experience, to connect with others in a way we all need on a very real and important level. Engaging with art has a fascinating way of helping that person thread themselves back into the human experience. It touches a part of ourselves that Alzheimer’s cannot block. We have not figured out a way to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, but the power of art has shown us a way to help someone reroute around it and allows for a priceless connection, rejoining these valuable people to our human experience.”
- Alicia Hadley
Reminiscence Coordinator, Sunrise Senior Living of Rocklin

Program of art for Alzheimer's patients
comes to Sacramento

Research has long shown that art therapy – actually making art, as well as visiting museums to see established artists' work – can help dementia patients improve their concentration and communication skills and relieve stress.
"Participants don't have to recall anything," said Paige. "There's no right or wrong. Anything they experience is appropriate. They're heard, and that helps re-establish their self.

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Creativity is in the Mind of the Beholder

“Individuals with Alzheimer’s have a way of seeing things in art that we don’t see,” explains Tiffany Paige, who directs the Sacramento chapter of ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s.
About a painting of a rustic farmhouse, a 100-year-old resident exclaimed, “It’s the story of America. It’s where I came from. It tells about life.”

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Photo by Stuart Greenbaum