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The Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® program offers creative art expression for individuals with early to the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Even after people with dementia have lost the ability to use words, they are able to paint their thoughts, emotions and memories in a manner that is expressive and beautiful. Art becomes their voice.  

View the 2017 selections from the Memories in the Making program here.

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.

The Memories in the Making program is seeking art facilitators, please see the flyer concerning this opportunity.  
For more information please contact Nancy Armitage, Memories in the Making coordinator, at

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:
          Matterhaus Memory Care 
  Brookside Care Center
          Casa Del Mare          

          Kettle Moraine Gardens

Lake Geneva:         
          Arbor Village

          The Highlands at Newcastle

          Alexian Village
          Clement Manor
          HarborChase of Shorewood
Jewish Home and Care Center
          Luther Manor
Milwaukee Catholic Home
          Milwaukee Center for Independence
          St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
          St. Camillus
          Villa at Bradley Estates          

           Village Pointe Commons 

           Ridgewood Care Center 
          Sheboygan County:
          Gables on the Pond - Random Lake       
          Union Grove:
          Wisconsin Veteran's Home    
          Waterford Senior Living                   

          Heritage Homes Assisted Living   
          Curative Adult Day Care
          Shorehaven Memory Care
          Kensington Care and Rehabilitation

          West Bend:
          Cornerstone - West Bend
          New Perspective Senior Living 




Alzheimer's Association

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