Through the design and implementation of inclusive programming, we have discovered new ways in which the arts can measurably improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and offer support to their caregivers. Our experience with thousands of participants throughout Northern California supports national research on the positive connection between creativity, happiness, and health. When we combine those elements with faith in God and His love, we strengthen the spiritual life of participants, which then supports their emotional and mental well-being as well.
All of our outreach programs are offered on a 1:1 or group basis, currently through special social distanced arrangements and PPE, or virtual interactions. Please call us to share what would be most comfortable for you.
By presenting beautiful paintings and photographs, we create an art experience designed to inspire personal expression and creative thinking. This mobile museum blends conversation promptings about preferences and ideas, through which the art reveals memories and elements about what each participant values. These “gems of information” give insight into ways to nurture the participant’s emotional and spiritual well-being in future sessions and in personalized creative care kits.
Creative Care Kits
As valuable memories are shared during art observation, we capture these “gems of information” about each person, which then reveal the best approach for their personalized creative care kit. Creative care kits include paintings, images, items, and activities to help each individual reconnect to the areas of their lives that cultivate purpose, meaning, joy, and self-esteem. Coaching on creative care kit best practices is available.
Expressive Painting and Collage
Expressive Painting offers hands-on art making for people living with all levels of dementia. By focusing on personal preference within the experience above the outcome, we can build self-esteem, confidence, and purpose while supporting each person’s way of making their mark in this world.
Collage offers a very accessible way to connect with creativity through images, words, shapes, and textures. It offers self-expression through found items, often giving language to feelings and ideas that could otherwise be hard to articulate.
Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
God created us out of pure love and He invites us to be with Him in the creative process. When we explore creativity with an open mind and curiousity, we open ourselves to new experiences and opportunities to create new memories.
The Word of God holds truth that surpasses memory loss and the world’s frustrations. Spending time with others and the Bible offers ways to support the spirit of those living with cognitive challenges, reminding us of the hope, peace, and joy that Jesus wants for us.
Artisan Mind offers dementia friendly Bible studies by virtual connection or social distancing that blend Scripture with compassion, patience, prayer and community.
In addition to inviting caregivers to participate with their loved one, we are also here to support you with your questions and challenges. We have many resources to share, both practical and spiritual. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-792-3281.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. -Hebrews 10: 23