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March brings with it blossoms, shamrocks, and all things Irish, and we’ve been itching to get started on these craft and art projects! My excitement over our projects for March got me thinking. Why is art so important? Why do people of all ages enjoy pariticipating in artistic activities? This blog post then begins a three part series on art and artistic expression for seniors with memory loss or Alzheimer’s Disease. While I am by no means an artist or expert on the subject, that is exactly the point. ANYONE…even individuals with significant cognitive decline, can find pathways for expression through art.

Blossoming Tree Project for March

Blossoming Tree Project for March: This picture was made by applying dots of paint by a Q-tip to a pre-printed picture of an empty tree. The use of pink in this picture gives the impression of a cherry tree!

Why Make Art a Priority?

At the Magnolia and Primrose care home, we believe that art and activities are at least as important as medications. Why is that?

  • Art provides other avenues for self-expression which is a huge bonus for individuals with diminishing language capabilities. It uses parts of the brain that are often easier to tap into than language skills and which degenerate slower than other parts of the brain.
  •  Additionally, art therapy can prove calming for some individuals during episodes of agitation. Similar effects are seen with music, animals, and even just viewing art!
  • Art is also useful in building relationships. Caregivers and elders can work together on projects which in turn strengthens their bond together. It can also be used to provide intergenerational interactions between elders and children. Finally, group art projects can build a sense of community in care homes and assisted living facilities. For example, last month each resident was giving a square piece of cardstock with a simple heart outline on it. Each resident was given the opportunity to fill in their hearts with magazine clippings, drawings, or coloring. At the end, all the hearts were combined with pieces of valentine cardstock to create a quilt like effect. The residents were very proud of the beautiful “quilt” they created together!

 To learn more about the intersection between art therapy and neuropsychology, check out this fascinating article about how art therapy can be used and what it does.

Finally, I came across this video from the International Art Therapy Organization in my search for more information about art therapy. It is a fascinating and deeply moving story of a man who started painting for the first time after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Check out their page on neurodegenerative disorders for more information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Te-s6M4qc&feature=player_embedded

Blog Posts Coming soon…..

  • 2 of 3: Reaching the InnerArtist: Tips for creating art with those with memory loss
  • 3 of 3: Ideas and Resources for Artistic Expression: Where can you find easy but meaningful projects?
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We have some exciting news to share! We have opened a second care facility in Orcutt, CA next to Magnolia, dubbed “Primrose”. Last week our first two residents, along with four finches and a dog, moved into the new facility. Primrose will also specialize in caring for individuals with memory loss. Some of the features of Primrose include:

  • A Huge porch with cozy lounge chairs
  • Views of the valley, lawn, rustic barn, and rose garden
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • A big living room with high ceilings
  • Fully fenced and secure for the safety of our residents.

Please call to come and check out our new facility! We would love to have you visit.

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The wreaths are hung, the tree is trimmed and our menorah is out as well! It’s time for the holidays at the Magnolia Care Home and we celebrated in style this last Sunday with our annual party.

Activities included gingerbread men, painting sugar cookies, lots of games for the kids, and making ornaments for the tree. There was also a moving performance of traditional carols by the Righetti Madrigals.

Check out a slideshow of some of the pictures of the festivities!

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The holidays can be a stressful time for families when their loved one is experiencing Alzheimers or other forms of memory loss. However, it can also be a great time to reminisce with your loved one about Holiday traditions. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association for a great article about coping during the holidays.

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PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease

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Do you want to learn more about Alzheimer’s and its effects on individuals with the disease and their families?

HBO put out a great series last year called “the Alzheimer’s Project“. It won two Creative Arts Emmys and includes features on individuals struggling with the disease, caregivers, and current directions in science. All videos are now available to watch online.

Here is the 84 minute video “The Memory Loss Tapes” which won a creative Emmy for exceptional merit in nonfiction filmaking. “The Memory Loss Tapes” follows the lives of people with Alzheimer’s as they deal with the diagnosis and the increasing symptoms. It is a very moving film and is a great resource to view to find out more about what having Alzheimer’s is like.

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On Saturday morning people from around the Central Coast gathered at Waller Park in Santa Maria on a “walk to remember”. Our team, “Steel Magnolias” joined in the festivities and celebrated raising over $5,600 for the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, we had the honor of being named the top fundraising team! Not only that, but our team also had the top individual fundraiser: Carol Abeloe.

Thank you everyone for your donations and for participating in our fundraising events. The spaghetti dinner, move nite fundraiser, and grandparents’ luncheon all made our team successful. There was even a lovely story by the Santa Maria Times about the grandparent’s luncheon fundraiser at St. Louis de Montfort.

Here are some pictures of Saturday’s festivities!

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AnnMarie and Emily perform a piano duet

 Did you know that music  helps individuals with Alzheimer’s to remember new verbal information? Or that it can help them access old memories? 

Check out some pictures from the Sunday concert at Magnolia. AnnMarie and Emily Halsell performed a piano duet, and Aden Anderson performed on the violin. There was alsoa beautiful harp and vocal performance.  Thank you to all of the young musicians!
 
Music therapy is good for everyone!
 

Beautiful vocal and harp performance

  

So tell us, what music brings back wonderful memories for you?

  

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It can be hard, especially for young children and teens, to know how to interact with a relative with Alzheimer’s or Memory Loss. The Alzheimer’s Association has a great kids and teens page with a list of 101 ways to spend time with a person with Alzheimer’s.  Check it out and have some quality time with a loved one!

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