Francesca Rosenberg with a group of patients and caretakers at MoMA. Photo by Jason Brownrigg, via ARTnews.
Several studies in the past few years have explored how exposure to the visual arts can help patients with Alzheimer's manage their symptoms. Led by a groundbreaking program at MoMA, museums continue to embrace and expand educational programing and tours to visitors with Alzheimer's.
ARTnews has a great article about some of the new initiatives being undertaken at museums, and their remarkable results:
"Visual art is particularly well suited to helping Alzheimer’s patients, research has found. According to Anne Basting, director of the Center on Age and Community at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, art can trigger the emotional memory that often remains strong in Alzheimer’s patients, and can give them access to other memories as well. And participants in art tours don’t feel that they must already know something or that they will be expected to remember dates, names, or information. “The beautiful part of the program is that nobody mentions the word dementia. It’s all about the art, and they can all connect to that. Nobody’s sick, nobody’s different,” is how Kara Berringer, an art therapist at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum, explains the benefits of the program."
read the rest of the article here.