Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Presence Program: The Gift of Art

People with early to mid-level stages of Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend an interactive program called “The Presence Program: The Gift of Art”, aimed at encouraging art appreciation, personal expression, and emotional well-being.

Alzheimer's Reading Room

On the third Thursday of each month at 2pm, people with the condition and their care-givers, will enjoy a stimulating conversation about art with Museum staff and docents.

In order to prepare for the program, Museum educators trained with a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with people in the early stages of the illness.

The program is based on a similar program developed by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, which has been shown to help diminish depression and increase quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers alike.

It is the first program of its kind in Kansas.

“The Presence Program” is free to the public, but space is limited, please call 316-268-4907 for more information, or to make a reservation.

+Bob DeMarco , +Alzheimer's Reading Room To learn more about Alzheimer's and Dementia visit the Alzheimer's Reading Room