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Memories in the Making® Art Program
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Memories in the Making®
A fine arts program for people with dementia

About the Memories in the Making® Art program
Memories in the Making®, introduced in 1988, is a signature art program of the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter. It is a unique program allowing persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to express themselves through art.

The benefits of MIM can be that it:
     • improves self-esteem
     • serves as an outlet for emotions
     • increases attention span and focus
     • activates neurons
     • reduces isolation and provides opportunity to socialize
     • taps in pockets of memories that still exist
     • reconnects families

The loss of language doesn’t mean the loss of the desire to express oneself. One doesn’t cease to exist just because one can no longer remember the past few decades of his life. Through the creative process of painting, these individuals speak to us, offering us the essence of themselves. In viewing the art of the families, the caregivers and the public are often touched by the tangible evidence of what remains of the individual even after the disease has robbed them of so much.


A special thanks to all the framers and facilities who support the Memories in the Making® art program.

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Upcoming Facilitator Training

Training is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use art as a communication tool for individuals with dementia, or related disorders. Please contact us for CEUs.

Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

February 19, 2015
May 7, 2015
August 13, 2015
November 12, 2015

*$95.00 registration fee includes light lunch & training manual

Alzheimer's Association, Orange County
2515 McCabe Way
Irvine, CA 92614

To register please contact Nancy at 949.955.9000

For additional information regarding the Memories in the Making® program, please contact Brianne Parmeter, Memories in the Making Coordinator, at 949.955.9000

Memories in the Making Revised Program Manual

The overwhelming interest in the Memories in the Making (MIM) Program was the driving factor for creating a manual that would educate audiences about MIM. Incorporating the basic philosophy of MIM with the latest and improved techniques, the manual contains information to assist anyone interested in starting a Memories in the Making art class.
The following is just a sample of the topics addressed:

  • Art examples and success stories
  • History of the MIM program
  • MIM Modalities (i.e. Person Centered Care and Validation Therapy)
  • Current research supporting MIM
  • What Alzheimer’s disease is and how the disease progresses
  • Detailed instructions on how to start a MIM program and conduct MIM classes
  • Helpful hints for engaging Alzheimer’s artists
  • Listing of Alzheimer’s Association Chapters that offer MIM

The author created the manual to memorialize the best practices of talented art facilitators across the country, and to provide a framework for expanding the programs in hopes of uniting a combined knowledge one central location to ensure longevity.

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