Art therapy helps Alzheimer’s patients connect with past, keep busy in future

Archie flips through the pages of a National Geographic magazine, looking for photos that remind him of favorite faraway places.

“Did you travel much when you were in the service?” Marjorie Hilkert asks Archie, a retired two-star general.

“Yes,” he replies, still turning the pages.

When Archie, 80, finds a water scene he likes, nursing assistant Monica Leon Galarza cuts it out. Using a glue stick, Archie pastes the page onto a collage he’s making.

Archie and eight residents in the Memory Care Unit at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, Va., use pages from magazines to create collages during a Memories in the Making art program. The weekly, hour-long art sessions with clay, watercolors and other media are designed to focus on what they can recall.

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Alzheimer’s patient’s art raises money

NORMAL, Ill. – Elizabeth Jones’s paintings depict bright flowers, colorful landscapes and bold sunsets, reflections of photographs and memories.

“It gives me pleasure,” Jones, 64, said of her painting and sketching.

Jones’s art has taken a larger role in her life since she became a resident of Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in February 2008. Beginning Saturday, her art takes a community role of combating Alzheimer’s disease.

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Studies Suggest There's An Art to Getting Older

In the Greenbelt Community Center, 25 elders sit in a circle, watching professional storyteller Candace Wolf. She moves around the circle, smiling, giving someone’s shoulder a gentle squeeze, making eye contact. The artist, on the faculty of the nonprofit Bethesda-based Arts for the Aging (AFTA), enlists the group’s help in creating a story, based on a silly photo she has passed around of a stocky older couple arm-wrestling.

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