The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter has partnered for the last three years with Tania Becker on an art program for people with dementia called Arts 4 Alzheimer’s. Tania was inspired to create the program after going to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York to witness their seminal program for people with dementia, called Meet Me At MoMA.
The benefits of art for people with dementia—both “art-looking” programs and hands-on “art-making”— have been well documented. MoMA and researchers at New York University conducted a groundbreaking evaluative study of their program which showed significantly improved mood for both people with Alzheimer’s and caregivers, among other benefits.
Art seems to tap into an area of a person’s self that is free of the constraints of the cognitive impairment which the person may be experiencing. It allows people with dementia to participate in a meaningful activity that they alone control—which is vitally important to people who are losing their independence and their ability to control their own lives and choices. Organized art programs are also a wonderful way to stay socially engaged, both for participants and their care partners.
In Atlanta, free A4A classes are held at the Spruill Center for the Arts every Friday. Earlier this year Tania Becker and educators from MoMA worked with the Columbus Museum and our local chapter in Columbus to start the program there. And also in Atlanta, the Carlos Museum at Emory University has an art-looking program called Museum Moments which is offered regularly. For more information, click here.
For more information on any of these programs, give us a call at 800-272-3900.
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