LIVING WITH ART: A SPECIAL PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR
ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA RESIDENTIAL & DAY PROGRAMS

People with Alzheimer’s/Dementia have unique perceptual and communication issues. Art can be used as a tool to facilitate understanding and expression.  


”It is not just a visual experience – its an emotional one. In an informal way I have often seen quite demented patients recognize and respond vividly to paintings when they are scarcely responsive to words, and disoriented. I think that the recognition of visual art can be very deep.”
                                                     – Oliver Sacks, Neurologist


Living With Art is a unique program designed to bring the art museum directly to Alzheimer's/Dementia residents.  The logistics of traveling to the museum and the sensitivity of selecting only those able to travel are eliminated. The art “lives” for an entire week within your own program– introduced in a dynamic “gallery talk” by an ARTMATTERS presenter.  The work is exhibited in your “gallery”– the hallways and common spaces of your program; and enjoyed at leisure with family, staff, and visitors. The art continues to be  examined and contemplated during in-depth, guided group discussions with the Activities Director exploring their responses, opinions, and insights.     

The Living With Art team has developed a practical program, engaging residents and care givers in open dialogue. It gives an opportunty to you and your staff to lead the group discussions. ARTMATTERS will provide scripted questions, and provide reference information for each print.  

Living With Art uses the ARTMATTERS oversized fine art prints which can be seen easily, and held individually, for intimate consideration. The team has selected the artists and subjects consistent with the perceptual deficits of Alzheimer's/Dementia and the mood enhancing strategies recommended in the habilitation method. After the initial presentation, the materials are retained for a one-week contracted period.  

Living With Art has been tested and refined. It has demonstrated success among people with mid-stage Alzheimer's/Dementia – reawakening powers of insight, encouraging visual interpretation, heightening appreciation for artistic expression, and stimulating interconnected memories. Families, staff, visitors, and marketers directly experience the value of this complete program. 

WE DON’T NEED TO LEARN TO RECOGNIZE IMAGES
AND
WE NEVER FORGET HOW. 

AVAILABLE SUBJECTS                                      PROGRAM COSTS

ARTMATTERS, WE BRING THE MUSEUM TO YOU