Thursday, October 13, 2011

Memories in the Making - The Color Purple

This cute lady was one of the artists at a Care Community I visited last week. She  participates in the Alzheimer's Memories in the Making art program where each week she uses painting to express herself artistically. People with dementia may start to lose some of their verbal skills but art gives them another avenue for expression and a way to tap into a lifetime of memories.

I told her that she looked so pretty in her hat and she pointed out that it had a purple rim that matched her outfit and the color she was using to paint with. She was painting with a fan brush and having a wonderful time!

The artists can use still life objects, photos or even their own imagination for painting inspiration. The wonderful volunteer at this care community had spent alot of her own time cutting out pictures and mounting them on colorful card stock for the artists to use.

As the coordinator for the Memories in the Making program in Colorado Springs I am always thankful for all of the time and effort our volunteers put into the program - we could not do it with out them - thanks!


  1. Martha, after reading your comment on my blog, I was checking back to see which blog is yours. And I discovered this post about the care community and the alzheimer's patient painting. I volunteer at a nursing home in what we have named the craft corner. Mostly we make greetings cards, using backgrounds we create and pictures from magazines or calendars. Our little group doesn't have dementia, but most have the use of only one hand due to strokes. In the past we have made paintings to hang in the day room.

  2. Faye - so wonderful to hear how you use your art to help others. It is amazing the many way that art touches people's lives!