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Memories in the Making
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Memories in the Making

When the one we love who has dementia seems distant and lost, the magic of art often provides the perfect venue for communication and expression. Through Memories in the Making, individuals with Alzheimer's disease express with watercolor what they can no longer communicate with words. Even if only for a moment, memories stored deep within are resurrected. When someone with Alzheimer's disease is given the opportunity to paint a memory, amazing stories emerge.

Memories in the Making is a weekly art program sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and hosted in assisted living communities, nursing facilities and adult day programs around the Chapter’s bi-state service area. Groups of 5 to 10 individuals are led by a trained, experienced volunteer artist and a facility staff person for a one-hour weekly art session.

At the end of each year, more than 1,000 Memories in the Making paintings are juried and 30-35 paintings are chosen to be part of a traveling exhibit throughout our bi-state service area. The exhibit helps increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and shows that although these individuals have an Alzheimer's diagnosis, their creative expression through watercolor is vivid, impressive, and extremely poignant.

For more information about the Memories in the Making program, or if you have a recommendation for a venue to display the 2017 Memories in the Making artwork, please contact Karen Clond at913.831.3888 or kclond@alz.org

View the selected 2017 Memories in the Making paintings.


Alzheimer's Association

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