The mission of Arts Fusion is to create an environment through the arts that promotes creative expression, interpersonal connections, and enjoyment for persons with dementia. With an innovative approach that integrates, or “fuses,” a variety of art forms, the program serves participants from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of dementia. Arts Fusion also extends arts opportunities to caregivers and family members of those with memory loss as a way to reduce stress and reestablish connections with their loved ones. Find out more about our programs and the regions we serve by following the links to the left.
Benefits of Creative Arts Programs in Dementia Care
Creative arts programs like Arts Fusion benefit persons with dementia and their caregivers in a number of important ways. Even when disease closes off usual pathways of communication, creativity through non-verbal means remains a valuable mode of expression. This is where the arts come in. They promote dialogue, focus attention, inspire creative interpretations, trigger long-term memories, provide a safe environment for expression, and give participants a voice among their peers and the community. Positive emotions that emerge while creating art, listening to music, or dancing linger beyond the time of the activity, even when participants may not recall the activity itself. Creative activities instill a sense of purpose and accomplishment, acknowledging physical and cognitive limitations while highlighting remaining abilities and strengths. They can be a powerful way for caregivers and their loved ones to connect with one another, share positive experiences, and find support in their communities.
Through a generous donation from the National Endowment for the Humanities, http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/art prints from the Picturing America series are now an integral part of our programs throughout the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you would like more information about Arts Fusion or if you are interested in getting involved in the program, please contact:
Phone: (434) 973-6122, ext. 123
Fax: (434) 973-4224
Arts Fusion Expressions NOW AVAILABLE!
By Lauren Catlett and Sharon Celsor-Hughes, Creative Arts Director, Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia
Arts Fusion Expressions is a comprehensive guide to developing and sharing creative activities for persons affected by dementia. This guide reviews the benefits of the arts in dementia care and provides tools for engaging in meaningful arts programs at home, in the community, or in formal care environments. The innovative, relationship-centered Arts Fusion approach supports multiple forms of expression and reaches persons of various backgrounds, interests, and levels of ability. Compelling stories, artwork, and testimonials from Arts Fusion participants, caregivers, and staff bring this resource to life.
"In my thirty plus years of working in geriatrics, I have never come across a resource so beautiful and perfect! It is pleasing to the eye, extremely user-friendly, relevant, and creative! I love the text, combined with pictures, examples, personal stories, and resources."
Brenda Isner, Life Enrichment Director
Call Now to Order
Jessica Miller Nolan, 434-973-6122 ext. 123
$35 + $5 shipping