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The Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® program offers creative art expression for individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early to the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Memories in the Making participants create imaginative and colorful watercolor paintings. Most have no prior art experience. The painting process provides an opportunity to engage socially and reminisce about meaningful life moments, individuals or personal interests. Participants share stories about their art. A trained facilitator documents these memories, rekindling communications with family, friends and caregivers. The program offers 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. The Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, brings the Memories in the Making Program to long-term care, memory care, and adult day facilities in an eleven-county area, and offers programs to members of the community living at home. For more information about the program, contact Nancy Armitage, Memories in the Making coordinator, at narmitage@alz.org.

View the list of participating facilities here.

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We offer sessions that are not affiliated with a facility. Click here to view the Memories in the Making calendar.

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