Thursday, December 10, 2015

Continuing Highlight of my Week! -- RePost


The highlight of my week is working at the senior living facility, arting with my elderly friends.  We have been together for several weeks now, know each other and have a great time.  This last week we had show tunes playing during our painting time and boy did we enjoy singing along!  The high point was singing “Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day…” from Oklahoma.  The whole room erupted with our voices!  So much fun!

I have included more information regarding the Alzheimer's Assoc.,  Memories in the Making program in this post.  I had a very special time recently, with a woman very dear to me who is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.  We got to her happy arting place through looking at my sketchbooks.  She was articulate in analyzing my compositions, she was happy, and mentally sharp and quick too for 30 minutes.  It was absolutely wonderful to enjoy that time with her!  It was also an AHA moment for me in putting the MIM program to the test and hitting goal!  So grateful and inspired to keep working with others!

Memories in the Making®, Alzheimer’s Association
A fine arts program for people with dementia

Memories in the Making (MIM) was introduced in 1988 and is a signature art program of the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter. It is a unique program allowing persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to express themselves through art.
MIM can benefit each participant in the following ways:
     • improves self-esteem
     • serves as an outlet for emotions
     • increases attention span and focus
     • activates neurons
     • reduces isolation and provides opportunity to socialize
     • taps into pockets of memories that still exist
     • reconnects families
Dementias and the loss of language does not mean the desire to express oneself is less. One does not cease to exist just because one can no longer remember the past few decades of his life.  Through the creative process of painting, these individuals speak to us, offering us the essence of themselves. In viewing the art, the families, caregivers and public are often very touched by the tangible evidence of what remains of the individual even after the disease has robbed them of so much.

4 comments:

  1. Deborah, I am so inspired by your activities at the senior facility. Sounds like it is good for the residents and fulfilling for you.

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  2. Your outreach activities with the elderly is to be praised. Your gentle manner, coupled with your artistry must bring days to life for those with whom you interact.

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  3. How wonderful to be able to bring happiness to your group and satisfaction to yourself, doing what you enjoy. People like you deserve praise,

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  4. thank you dear ones! I do feel so good about this work! best, deborah

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