Art Helps Unlock Forgotten Memories

Painting could help people with Alzheimer’s disease unlock some of their past memories

By Gitzel Puente
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 5:29 PM PDT
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Art Helps Unlock Forgotten Memories

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Painting could help people with Alzheimer’s disease unlock some of their past memories. 

The San Diego chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides art therapy classes that strive to benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Some of the participants have lost their ability to speak or have never picked up a paintbrush before.

An art facilitator instructs students how to paint with watercolors. This is a creative way for the participants to express themselves through art.

More than 60,000 people in the San Diego county suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, according to the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial County Chapter Mary Bell.

The second annual Memories in the Making art auction will be held on Friday, March 23 to auction some of the artwork by program participants and award-winning artists.

It will be held at 6 p.m. at the San Diego Natural History Museum, and all the proceeds will go to the San Diego chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information on the auction and tickets, visit their website.
 

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