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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
The Memories in the Making® Art Program was created to be a gateway to expression for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Our exhibits present a selection of original artwork and the stories of each Alzheimer's artist.  The program is not about failure.  Each work of art relays a message from the individual that lets us know who they were and who they still are. 

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, May 29, 2014, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Light lunch will be provided
*$95.00 registration fee includes light lunch & training manual

Alzheimer's Association,Orange County
2515 McCabe Way
Irvine, CA 92614
Modular building - rear parking lot

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To register please contact Nancy at 949.757.3761

For additional information regarding the Memories in the Making® program, please conatct Marilyn at 949.757.3719.

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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I'm Still Here

Author: La Doris "Sam" Heinly, MSW
People say that art "speaks" to them. It speaks to their soul in a way words do not. When words fail, a work of art can tell a story, express an emotion, recreate a memory and serve as a vehicle of expression. Art allows for validation of feelings and a way to communicate with each other.

The information contained in the book is the result of many years of experience working with hundreds of individuals with dementia. That experience, combined with lessons learned in training and in collaboration with art facilitators in the field, has resulted in this unique resource. Click Here to Buy Now

Memories in the Making® is a registered trademark and service mark of the Alzheimer's Association.

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