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Memories in the Making is theAlzheimer's Association art program for people with dementia. Today, around 20 chapters nationwide offer the program as a way to improve quality of life for people living with the disease and bring their stories and feelings to light.

Memories in the Making Facilitator Traning Workshop 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.
Alzheimer's Associaiton Fort Worth Office
2630 West Fwy, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX  76102

Cost: $30 includes two hours NCCAP continuing education for activity professionals; no charge for volunteers, family caregivers and staff of participating MIM sites

Register online for the training

Group paintingFor nine years, the North Central Texas Chapter has trained care staff to facilitate Memories in the Making in nursing homes and memory care communities. 

Among the many challenges that vex caregivers is finding appropriate activities to keep their people happily engaged throughout the day. Whether living at home or in a care community, people with dementia need something meaningful to do. 

Watercolor painting is among the safest, simplest and most satisfying activities for people with memory loss. To trace the shape of a flower or an animal, or paint the sky blue and the grass green, requires only skills learned in childhood.  The paints do the rest, responding to the painter’s gestures, whether intentional or not.

Memories in the Making employs quality paint, brushes and paper (no children’s art materials allowed!) A trained facilitator provides inspiration in the form of a photograph, demonstrates how to use the materials, coaxes and encourages the artist to paint, and offers whatever other help may be necessary. The only hard and fast rule is that every mark on the paper must be the artist’s own.