Because of the generosity of Preston Meadow Gives and the Brenner Family, the Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter is able to create twenty kits for our therapeutic art program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, Memories in the Making® (MIM). These kits provide a year’s worth of supplies for a minimum of 120 individuals. An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2018, and unless a cure is found, this number is expected to rise. Alzheimer’s disease strikes at the heart of cognition, including reasoning, judgment, and memory. Traditional methods of communication, including reading, writing, and speaking, become less and less available to the person with dementia. Fortunately, MIM is a therapeutic art program specifically designed to utilize the creative process as a way to communicate. By utilizing inspiration images during the art session, Memories in the Making groups offer individuals with dementia to express the deepest essence of their being – their long-term memories, stories, and emotions. In addition to tapping into the long-term pockets of memory that still exists, MIM fosters a judgement-free environment that enables participants to trust and share with those around them reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. Lastly, the artwork created by MIM artists is often highly expressive, beautiful, and showcases rich stories and histories families and friends can treasure.
-Alzheimer’s Assoc. of Dallas