The Memory Room Project is directed toward individuals who have progressed in Alzheimer's disease to a degree in which concentration and focus have been minimized. This may consist of individuals who do not respond to traditional programming or who spend a large portion of the day in their rooms.
This project is a joint venture between the Alzheimer's Association, long term care facilities, and area artists, including those in high school. The Alzheimer's Association staff selects facilities who serve those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The staff in those facilities then identify an individual who would benefit from this project.
Once an individual has been identified, staff from the Alzheimer's Association meet with the individual and their family to gather information about the individual's life, such as favorite places to travel, hobbies, and pastimes. The goal of this project is to create a therapeutic and meaningful environment for residents by utilizing their personal interests and passions as a guide for the mural. The mural provides a way to: ease the transition of living in a facility, help with depression and agitation, create more opportunities for dialogue between staff and residents, and engage the community and students in Alzheimer's education and outreach.
Below is a glimpse of the Memory Room Project process that recently took place at Leisure Terrace in Overland Park, KS. High school artists from St. James Academy painted this mural as part of their National Art Honor Society activities.
If you are interested in helping with the Memory Room Project, please contact
Michelle Niedens at 913.831.3888 or firstname.lastname@example.org