We love to hear about wellness programs that are using the arts to improve the quality of life for their patients. The Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester and Finger Lakes Chapter, is planning to launch two brand new programs in December: one for art and one for music.
Both arts programs are free to people suffering from dementia and their caretakers. “Memories in the Making” begins Monday, Dec. 3rd and allows dementia patients and caretakers to express themselves through a variety of art mediums. Dementia can be many things; but sometimes those things can be particularly hard to express with words.
“Memories in the Making” offers a variety of nontoxic media like pencils, watercolors, pastels, collage materials, and more for a safe way to express these feelings through art. The program will run every first and third Monday of the month from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at Pieters Family Life Center.
The second arts program soon to be available is a music program called “The Sound Sessions,” and will begin on Dec. 12th. It will meet every second Wednesday from 11 AM to noon at Pieters Family Life Center. Nancy Krutenat is a certified music therapist from LifeSongs and will lead the program.
Just as much a form of art as “Memories in the Making,” “The Sound Sessions” will promote wellness and help dementia patients and caretakers express their feelings, manage their stress, and communicate. Arts programs like these can truly help those affected by Alzheimer’s lead a better, happier life.
Besides offering their patients and caretakers the chance to partake in arts programs, the Alzheimer’s Association also has a “Meet Me at the MAG” program, which allows patients to have a free tour of the Memorial Art Gallery on every first Tuesday from 2:30-4:00 PM. Patients and caretakers can also attend some free open rehearsals of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.