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Memories in the Making
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Memories in the Making

When the one we love who has dementia seems distant and lost, the magic of art often provides the perfect venue for communication and expression. Through Memories in the Making, individuals with Alzheimer's disease express with watercolor what they can no longer communicate with words. Even if only for a moment, memories stored deep within are resurrected. When someone with Alzheimer's disease is given the opportunity to paint a memory, amazing stories emerge.

Memories in the Making is a weekly art program sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and hosted in assisted living communities, nursing facilities and adult day programs around the Chapter’s bi-state service area. Groups of 5 to 10 individuals are led by a trained, experienced volunteer artist and a facility staff person for a one-hour weekly art session.

2016 Memories in the Making Artist Reception

Featured artists and their families were the guests at an Artist Reception on Sunday, April 3rd, at Village Shalom. The artists were delighted to view their work, which was professionally matted and proudly displayed along side the artwork of their peers.

Many of these watercolors were part of traveling exhibits in the Kansas City metro area to help increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and to show that although these individuals have an Alzheimer's diagnosis, their creative expression through watercolor is vivid, impressive, and extremely poignant.

View all of the artwork that was on display at the Artist Reception

For more information about the
Memories in the Making program, or if you have a recommendation for a venue to display the 2017 Memories in the Making artwork, please contact Karen Clond at
913.831.3888 or



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