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Memories in the Making®
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Memories in the Making® is a unique program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias to express themselves through art. Through the creative process of painting, participants are able to communicate, offering us the essence of themselves. The art they produce is a tangible means of expression, which speaks to the families, the professional caregivers, and to the public.

The process is tailored to provide structure and support for participants, while at the same time allowing them to create their own message on paper. It is not unusual for participants to paint memories from long ago or something they can no longer find the words to express.

Groups of 5-10 individuals meet weekly in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day programs to paint. Each group meets under the guidance of a Memories in the Making teacher specifically trained to work with individuals with memory loss and dementia.

The paintings, sketches and drawings created by these artists are highly expressive and beautiful




  To Download a Memories in the Making Class Calendar PDF for programs open to the public, CLICK HERE>>

We are always looking for more teachers and volunteers! For more information  please contact Jessica Lister at 858.966.3298 or
We are grateful for our Memories in the Making program partners for their commitment to this important program:

 Host Sites - Assisted Living Communities 

The art is tangible evidence of
what remains of the individual even
after the disease has robbed
them of so much

Host Sites - Adult Day Care Specializing in Memory Care 

  • Glenner Memory Care Center, Encinitas
  • Glenner Memory Care Center, Hillcrest
  • Glenner Memory Care Center, Chula Vista
  • Poway Adult Day Care Health Center
  • St. Paul's Senior Day Care, Hillcrest

    Additional Host Sites 

  • Casa Familiar
  • UCSD Behavioral Health Center

    Adult Day Centers

    Ever wonder where you can take your loved one for activities or to give yourself a break from caregiving? Adult Day Centers are designed to meet the needs of individuals with dementia and to support their strengths, abilities and independence. Centers typically have staffed activities such as music and exercise programs, and discussion groups. Most centers are open from early morning to early afternoon. Some have extended or weekend hours. Some centers even offer pick-up and drop-off transportation services, while others provide transportation for outings and medical appointments.

    CLICK HERE to read more about Adult Day Centers.


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