Art brings respite for dementia caregivers on Cape Cod

Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod & the Islands offers respite program at local museums, art centers

Research shows that visual stimulation through art can help stimulate memory and enhance conversation among individuals who have a dementia. Again this year, Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands will be providing Arts & Alzheimer’s, a respite program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers all-around Cape Cod at various museums and galleries. Participants engage not only with the art, but also with other members of the group. Caregivers report feeling less isolated and depressed through group participation. Through the process of sharing in discussion and positive reinforcement, participants have an opportunity to bond with others in their group, helping to promote a sense of well-being and reduce stress. These groups are free, safe, and confidential allowing for freedom of self-expression and open conversation. All art and conversation groups are led by trained facilitators who are sensitive to the disease.

For more information on Arts & Alzheimer’s or to register please call Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands at 508 775-5656.

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