Your loved one may be a budding “Grandma Moses”. Anna Mary Robertson (Moses), also known as “Grandma Moses,” began art in her late seventies. She was completely self-taught. Anna lost her husband, Thomas Moses and suffered a great loss. She sought ways to keep busy and overcome her grief. Art was the answer for her.
It may also be the answer for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that affects the brain in a predictable way. It begins in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for creating memories from experiences. From there it moves to the front of the brain where language is processed and executive functions like decision making are formulated. Next, it moves to the logic center where problem solving and planning are controlled. Emotions and creativity remain viable for a much longer time.
Studies have shown that art is a wonderful therapy for patients with any type of dementia. “We would never have discovered my mother’s talent if not for an art program. Mom’s creativity had profound, positive effects on her, and as a result, our family.”
To help introduce your loved one to the arts, you might want to come to Memory Café where the two of you can enjoy trips and activities for free. Memory Café is going to Glazing on Main Street located in Clemson. There we will choose a piece of pottery and paint it. Glazing on Main Street will then put your masterpiece in a kiln, bake it and turn it into a professional piece of art that you may keep forever.
Memory Café is a place where family caregivers and their loved ones with beginning to intermediate stages of dementia can come together to learn, laugh, cry and meet others in a similar circumstance. Some people with dementia lose their ability to relate to people. Memory Cafe has been found to deepen connections with other people. The activities become the topic of conversation, which increases their self-worth. The bottom line is it helps patients with dementia live with dignity, purpose and self-esteem.
So, is your loved one a budding “Grandma Moses” just waiting for the opportunity to express his or her creativity? Come join us on July 1st to find out.