Ocean Tides by Dan Stoltz, Curative Adult Day Center
Dan chose a picture of an oceanfront scene to paint. The picture showed sky, water and a scenic coastline. Dan painted this seascape with great interpretation. The whole class loved it. After the picture had been set aside to dry, the facilitators noticed Dan wandering around looking for it. When he finally found it, he signed it with a flourish and a smile.
Ocean Tides is part of our Treasure Event being held June 4th at Cuvée Champagne Bar. Click here for more information.
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The goal of the program is to offer an emotionally safe environment with positive messages. It is designed to be fun but also serves as a communication tool for families and professional caregivers to learn more about the person with dementia.
Through this experience, people with Alzheimer's are often able to reach outside of their dementia and paint a picture that reconnects them with a past memory. These documented memories become powerful tools that reassure family and caregivers that the essence of the individual is still there. The experience also provides professional caregivers and families with an avenue to learn more about the person with dementia.
Memories in the Making programs meet weekly in small groups under the guidance of a care professional and art facilitator who have been specially trained to work with individual with memory loss and dementia. For most of the individuals who enroll and participate in the group, this is their first time painting.
For more information please contact Nancy Armitage, Memories in the Making coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits to those with Alzheimer’s disease
Encourages decision-making and independence
Counteracts social isolation, encourages socialization
Improves communication social skills, motor coordination and manual dexterity
Improves mental alertness through problem solving, vision memory, concentration and imagination
Provides an acceptable and safe alternative for venting emotions
Facilities currently offering Memories in the Making® at their sites:
Virginia Highlands Health & Rehabilitation
Kettle Moraine Gardens
Jewish Home and Care Center
Milwaukee Catholic Home
Milwaukee Center for Independence
St. Anne's Salvatorian
St. John's on the Lake
The Villa at River Parkway
Shorehaven Adult Day Center
Ridgewood Care Center
Azura Memory Care
Heritage Homes Assisted Living
Curative Adult Day Care