Adults with dementia engage in a special class led by art therapists while caregivers relax over coffee provided by Edmond’s Cafe Evoke.
First Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted)
There is no charge, but please contact the FAI to reserve a space
2015 dates: September 14, October 5, November 2, December 1
“Drawing on Memories” is designed for people with early to middles stages of dementia helping them connect with memories through the creation of original artwork. This program, under the guidance of an art therapist, offers individuals a means of self-expression through the process of painting and drawing. People with diminished verbal and organizational skills can communicate using a variety of art mediums to recreate a memory or an idea on paper and canvas.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive and fatal brain disorder. More than 74,000 Oklahomans now have Alzheimer's and that number is increasing in epidemic proportions. The disease destroys brain cells causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The disease process starts in parts of the brain which lay down new memories, or short-term memory. The parietal lobe, the center of creativity, is the last part of the brain to be affected. Previous information is still there for the Alzheimer's person. Art offers a new pathway to old information.
Men and women who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia are eligible for this free program. Previous painting a drawing experience is not necessary but monthly registration is required.