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Memories in the Making
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The Alzheimer's Association art program for people with dementia

Memories in the Making® is an art program for people with dementia that was developed in 1988 by two artists working with the Orange County (CA) Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The program is now offered by some 20 chapters of the Association nationwide.

In weekly, one hour art sessions, people with Alzheimer’s disease or related forms of dementia use watercolor paints to create original worksof art. A facilitator trained in the Memories in the Making® method conducts the sessions with the help of care staff and volunteers. Bypassing the need for planning, knowing or learning new skills, MIM allows people with memory loss the opportunity to express themselves and see the results of their efforts take form before their eyes.

Researchers believe that creativity is important to individuals’ sense of well being and that the parts of the brain involved in creative pursuits may remain relatively intact after other functions have diminished. For many with dementia, art becomes a means of telling stories, communicating emotions and recalling lost memories. Others enjoy the sensation of seeing the shapes, lines and colors flow from the brush. For most, it is an engaging and enjoyable activity when other avenues for creating, communicating and experiencing pleasure are lost.

The Alzheimer’s Association helps care staff bring Memories in the Making® to their communities by training them to be facilitators, supplying art materials and organizing opportunities to share the works of art. The painters in the program often create beautiful works of art that are included in exhibitions or reproduced as calendars and note cards, helping the Alzheimer’s Association promote awareness of the disease. More important than the finished product, however, is the process of finding a means of self-expression through art and enhancing the quality of life for those suffering from dementia.

For more information about Memories in the Making®, to host the program at your site or to volunteer to assist with the classes, contact Lisa Buck at 817-336-4949 or 800-272-3900.

Memories in the Making Training Workshops

The Alzheimer's Association periodically offers Memories in the Making Training Workshops for anyone interested in becoming a facilitator. Similar to the on-site training sessions offered to care communities hosting MIM, the four-hour workshop covers the history, philosophy and benefits of MiM, plus guidelines and tips for successfully conducting the art making sessions and a chance to try out the art materials. The training is a perfect way for volunteers and new staff at communities that already host MIM to learn how to make the program a success.  

The next MIM Facilitator Training Workshop is:

Care communities currently participating in Memories in the Making® are:

Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center   Abilene
Arlington Villa   Arlington
Autumn Leaves of Arlington   Arlington
Meadowbrook Memory Care   Arlington
Brookdale at Oak Hollow   Bedford
Ellery Arbor Memory Care   Colleyville
Autumn Leaves of Cityview   Fort Worth
Autumn Leaves of Fossil Creek   Fort Worth
Arlington Heights    Fort Worth
Brookdale Westover Hills   Fort Worth
Lakewood Village Healthcare Center   Fort Worth
Riverside Inn at Fossil Creek   Fort Worth
Rose Cottage/Professional Caretakers   Fort Worth
Silverado of Fort Worth   Fort Worth
The Stayton at Museum Way   Fort Worth
Sunrise of Fort Worth   Fort Worth
The Vantage   Fort Worth
Arbor House of Granbury   Granbury
The Cove at Waterview   Granbury
Dancing River   Grapevine
Grand Brook Memory Care   Grapevine
Groesbeck Nursing and Rehab   Groesbeck
Silverado Southlake   Southlake
Brookdale at Watauga   Watauga

Exhibitions

Exhibitions of paintings created by participants in MIM showcase the paintings created by participants of the Memories in the Making Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Songs from the Shadows: Watercolor Paintings by People with Dementia
January 2015


Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX  76107


 


Bea, Through the Woods, Arbor House of Granbury
"Running through the woods is a good thing, and nothing is bad.
The wind is blowing through my hair, I am free. I feel like running
because everything is good."

Katherine, Autumn Leaves, 2013. Lakewood Village Senior Living Community. Katherine, who has a college degree in chemistry and taught high school math, says she was never an artist. She was a long time member of the Fort Worth Camera Club, always dressed well and liked to decorate.

Beyond Memory: Paintings by People with Dementia
January 2014

Gallery 76102
UTArlington/Fort Worth Campus
1401 Jones Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Sponsored by

 

Heart. Mind. Hand.
Paintings by People with Dementia

Co-presented with the UNT-HSC Healthy Aging Council
February 2013

UNT Health Science Center
Carl E. Everett Building
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

View paintings here .Click on image to view caption
Joy, "Music" Autumn Leaves of Cityview


Persistence of Self:
Paintings by People with Dementia

February 3 through 28

Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Fort Worth, TX 76107

View paintings here. Click on image to view caption


Nona, "The Baby and its Playthings" Sunrise Assisted Living of Fort Worth

Museum Programs for People with Dementia

Art Museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District offer special programs for people with dementia and their caregivers. Visit the museum websites for program descriptions and times or call for more information.

Amon Carter Museum

 

Sharing the Past through Art
Designed for adults with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, during this program participants discuss artists, themes, and exhibitions and use artworks to connect to past experiences. 817-989-5030

     

Kimbell Art Museum

 

Viewpoints
Individuals with Alzheimer's and their care partners are invited for interactive art experiences every month on selected Monday afternoons. 817-332-8451, ext. 351

     

For more information about Memories in the Making, contact Lisa Buck at 817-336-4949.

March 3, 2017

Mini Scrapbooks

Working alone or in pairs, Friday Friends will make little booklets of their lives. There will be a wide array of paper, stickers, stamps and markers to record the important facts of one’s life in vivid color. Bring snapshots and family photos and we can copy them for you.

 


 

Alzheimer's Association

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