Memories in the Making® (MIM) is a fine arts program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. As part of the program, Individuals with no art background can create art and regain the ability to communicate while boosting self-esteem and opening the channels of communication with loved ones.
This program provides an opportunity to reach the African American community in an innovative way, as well as tap into the wealth of cultural and artistic traditions inherent to this population. The objective of this approach is to provide the African American community suffering from dementia and their caregivers the opportunity to overcome the barrier of language and cultural differences and provide powerful lessons about Latino people with dementia to the larger community.
The Program gives something back to participants, families, and the community that no other program has been able to duplicate. Participants benefit through the creation of art. Families benefit because communication is made possible, allowing them to develop a unique appreciation of their loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The artists speak with powerful brush strokes of color and tentative tracings of line. They pull us into the world of a person with Alzheimer's. As we look at their paintings, we see their stories in a language that needs no words. Their paintings show us glimpses of who they were and who they still are. They call out to us in a way we cannot ignore.
Volunteer Opportunity: This unique program is being piloted within the African American community as part of a national initiative to provide support and care to the diverse communities we serve. Participate in a comprehensive training program and work with staff liaison and/or other volunteers to facilitate weekly small groups (six to eight people). Help MIM participants relay their thoughts and feelings through artistic expression. Email Raul Mux or call 800.272.3900 for further details or to register.
A full Introduction for Volunteers to the history of this program can be read from this link.
For more information about Memories in the Making Program,
please contact Raul Mux
Associate Director Diversity
Delaware Valley Chapter at 800-272-3900.