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Memories in the Making®
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Art Programs for People with Dementia

Memories in the Making® is an art program for people with dementia that was developed 25 years ago by two artists working with the Orange County (CA) Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  In weekly, one hour art sessions, people with Alzheimer’s disease or related forms of dementia use watercolor paints to create personal works of art. An artist facilitator trained in the Memories in the Making® method conducts the sessions with the help of care staff and volunteers.

Researchers believe that creativity is important to individuals’ sense of wellbeing and that the parts of the brain involved in creative pursuits may remain relatively intact after other functions have diminished. For many with dementia, art becomes a means of telling stories, communicating emotions and recalling lost memories. 

Memories in the Making Training Workshops

The Alzheimer’s Association helps care staff bring Memories in the Making® to their communities by training them to be facilitators.  Periodically, we offer Training Workshops for anyone interested in becoming a facilitator. The workshop covers the history, philosophy and benefits of MIM, plus guidelines and tips for successfully conducting the art making sessions and a chance to try out the art materials. The training is a perfect way for volunteers and new staff at communities that already host MIM to learn how to make the program a success.

            The next Facilitator Training MIM workshop is: To be announced





Alzheimer's Association

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