Memory Care Program
The Arts Fusion Memory Care Program provides on-site creative arts sessions for those diagnosed with memory loss that are either residing in assisted living facilities or attending adult day centers. Programs are facilitated by trained Arts Fusion specialists. Sessions may focus on one kind of art, or they may integrate, or “fuse,” elements from more than one art discipline; art viewing may include storytelling while visual arts sessions may incorporate poetry or music. This multi-sensory approach promotes intellectual, physical, and social stimulation for persons of diverse backgrounds and at all stages of dementia.
Memory Care Program Descriptions
Programs listed below are not available in all regions.
Participants will engage in a discussion while viewing printed copies of famous artworks. Theme-based questions are designed to promote interaction between group participants. There is no such thing as a “wrong” answer! Some programs include a small art-making component.
Art-making provides a means of self-expression. Participants will join in individual or group projects that are designed to promote positive self-esteem. Emphasis is placed on the process of creating, and participants are encouraged to talk about what they are making. Participants have the opportunity to share their finished pieces with the group at the end of each session.
Music-making is physically and emotionally stimulating and is a great way of reaching and encouraging group interaction. Some participants will prefer singing, while others may enjoy an opportunity to play music. In addition to listening to and playing music, participants are encouraged to share memories and stories associated with the program’s musical selections.
Massage, Music, and Aromatherapy
Our goal is to reach people in all stages of dementia, so we are offering this program to participants who are unable to participate in other sessions. Participants will have a brief but concentrated ten minute hand/arm massage while listening to soft, soothing music. Scented oils used during the massage will encourage relaxation. This is an individualized program in which the therapist visits with the participants one-on-one in a quiet, designated area.
This program, inspired by the work of Gary Glazner, founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, engages participants through rhyme, rhythm, and humor. The facilitator recites verses by well-known poets, calling on participants to respond by repeating the line or sharing a story. Later, participants create a poem together based on a theme.
Nature to Nurture
This nature-based program is a multi-sensory experience. Participants will identify sounds of nature while viewing pictures of outdoor scenes. They will handle various natural mediums (soil, seeds, foliage), smell herbs and flowers, and taste seasonal foods. Creative expression will be encouraged through a nature-based craft.
Creative storytelling sessions are inspired by artworks, photographs, or props. Collaborative stories evolve as participants respond to questions that encourage imaginative and improvisational contributions. The storytelling process promotes laughter, social interaction, and a sense of accomplishment among group members.