Feb 6, 2010

Artistic Endeavors Work Again for Patients Suffering from Dementia

Dementia sufferers in Trowbridge are benefiting from a series of creative workshops using different techniques with wool.....

By Max Wallack

Alzheimer's and dementia patients take a four week course called the "Wonders of Wool" project. This group does various projects with the wool which all culminate in making a large wall hanging with many colors and textures. Meanwhile, the staff learns new skills which they then use with other patients.

In the words of Jenny Magne, the manager,
"Working with the textures and bright colours is therapeutic as well as enjoyable."
There seems to be a consistent and growing realization that art may be the best path to reach the Alzheimer's patient.

Stephany Bardzil, of Alzheimer’s Support, said:
“Working with different textiles and colours is something that can stimulate. Although people with dementia lose their short-term memory they can still remember feelings and emotions they have had.”

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Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER , a 501(c.)3 charitable organization. PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and other institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

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