Last year we started a program at LifeQuest Nursing home in Quakertown. The residents love to paint! LifeQuest provides snacks and wine/sparkling cider for a wonderful night of painting and fun. We've been doing this every couple months. (Contact Rick Vitti of LIfeQuest for recommendation)
We are going to try to expand this program to other nursing home and Independent Living facilities in our area. If you are interested please let us know.
Our staff volunteers our time to do this. Cost is $10 for residents and $20 for family and staff who participate. We bring everything! An 11 x 14 canvas, easels, aprons, brushes and paint. We can do up to 30 people per session which usually lasts one and a half to two hours.
I Remember Better When I Paint!
CREATING ART AS THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER’S
Creativity is affected at a much later stage as Alzheimer’s progresses through the brain. When words are gone, art becomes a more suitable vehicle for expression. Art therapy can use almost any expressive medium; it need not be limited to painting or drawing. Sculpting in clay, dance or creative movement, performance art, creative writing and music, are just some of the other ways to stimulate an individual’s creativity. An inexpensive digital camera makes photography an excellent vehicle for art therapy. Variety is good. Find the art activities that the person or people in your care enjoy doing.