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WHATThose with dementia and cognitive disabilities view and discuss well-known pieces of art followed up with art activities.
WHYPeople with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers can participate in the Art in the Moment Program together. Art in the Moment is a dementia arts program designed to create opportunities for people who have dementia and cognitive disabilities to interact and engage in conversation.
WHEREArt in the Moment.
CJE SeniorLife.
Art Institute of Chicago. Funding from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Fund.

Program Description

"Art directly engages the imagination and original thoughts of viewers and thus focuses on capabilities and strengths not directly impacted by one's age or ability to remember certain events. Art has also been shown to help people with dementia access long-term memories and to become fully engaged in the present moment."

"Art in the Moment invites individuals with dementia and their care partners or family members to the Art Institute for creative discussions in the museum galleries and art-making projects in a studio setting."

After art pieces are observed, participants follow with a discussion and artistic activity. The full circle of activity gives those with dementia an opportunity to communicate, reminisce, and be in the present moment.

Seniors with dementia or cognitive disorders will be able to:

  • Explore art and artists during a visit to Art Institute of Chicago galleries.
  • Experience intellectual stimulation.
  • Participate in meaningful exchanges.
  • Make connections.

Caregivers will be able to:

  • Explore art while the person in their care is safe and engaged.
  • Interact, share experiences, and learn from other caregivers.

CJE SeniorLife provides a network of support, guidance and resources to older adults, their families and caregivers. Senior programs and services include independent housing, assisted living, home delivered meals, transportation, long and short-term skilled nursing care, adult day services, geriatric care management, health and wellness activities, support groups for clients and caregivers, and lifelong learning opportunities.,,

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