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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.  

Yarn Graffiti Exhibit “The Blue” Brings Greater Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease

August 1 - September 30

A unique display of urban art created by 50 area guerilla knitters will be on exhibit in downtown Milwaukee at the Rait Reuss Plaza, also known as “The Blue”, during the months of August and September.  The catalyst for the colorful pop-up street art project is to bring greater awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the power that art has to enrich the lives of those living with the disease. The community will also be invited to see an equally provocative gallery presentation inside “The Blue”, filled with over 60 pieces of watercolor art created by individuals with dementia who participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® program.

On Wednesday, August 17 from 5:00-700 p.m., artist Mike Neilsen will be painting live in the Plaza @ “The Blue” during the Neuwaukee Night Market in an overall effort to engage community members in the Alzheimer’s Association mission.

“The Blue is located at 310 West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee.

View the 2016 selections from the Memories in the Making program here.

Read the MIM Newsletter here.

View the MIM video with Angel Duncan.

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:

Fond du Lac:
          All About Life
          Gables of Germantown
          Lake Mills
          Willowbrook Nursing Home and Rehabilitation   
          Brookside Care Center
          Casa Del Mare
          Parkside Manor

          Kettle Moraine Gardens

Lake Geneva:         
          Arbor Village

          The Highlands at Newcastle

          Alexian Village
          Clement Manor
          Community Care
Howard Village
          Jewish Home and Care Center
          Lake Terrace
          Luther Manor
Milwaukee Catholic Home
          Milwaukee Center for Independence
          St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
          St. Anne's Salvatorian
          St. Camillus
          St. John's on the Lake
          The Villa at River Parkway
          United Community Center 
          VA - Milwaukee


          Ridgewood Care Center
          Azura Memory Care  

          Union Grove:
          Wisconsin Veteran's Home    

          Waterford Senior Living         
          Heritage Homes Assisted Living   
          Curative Adult Day Care
          Waukesha Springs Health and Rehabilitation

            West Bend:
          Cottages at Cedar Run




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