Nov 4, 2016

Dementia Care, A Colorful Character with a Lot of Talent

His family noticed a change when he made a Christmas card one year the attention to detail, the colors. So we started getting him coloring books with these different kinds of prints, and he would work on it for hours and hours.


Coloring can be a very useful tool and activity in Alzheimer's care.
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Ted Polzin lives with dementia. In the video below Ted demonstrates that people living with Alzheimer's and dementia are capable of more than we can imagine.

Polzin's family hopes his passion will spark a fire in other people his age. I really think it's given us a lot more years with papa. I don't know that he would be inspired to keep going without something that he's passionate about doing.

All I can say is, holly cow, look at that art!


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A veteran with dementia develops a passion for coloring.

Transcript and video.

You can call Donald Polzin a colorful character with a lot talent.

I don't have any talent. I just draw pretty pictures. Well, I think are pretty.

Ted at 92-years-old doesn't get around much these days. but he has a new passion. He uses dozens of colored pencils to make magic - they just fuel my memories.


This is Polzin in the 1940's. he served in the army during world war II -  so he did a lot of saving lives (see in the video). A lot of medical stuff. And then,  he went so far as to rescue people from concentration camps, which is a difficult thing for him to talk about.

Later he became an architect and developed properties on the treasure coast. but these days, dementia has slowed him down.

With papa's memory, he can tell you a lot about 1940, 1950, 1960 like it was yesterday. He could tell you about his childhood friends, what they did to get in trouble, but he can't tell you about five, 10 minutes ago.


His family noticed a change when he made a Christmas card one year the attention to detail, the colors. So we started getting him coloring books with these different kinds of prints, and he would work on it for hours and hours.



Polzin has completed dozens of pictures that are works of art. Why do i like doing it? It's just something I like to do.

Polzin's family hopes his passion will spark a fire in other people his age. I really think it's given us a lot more years with papa. I don't know that he would be inspired to keep going without something that he's passionate about doing.

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