Art Can Shed Light on Dimming Mind

Art museums make great first dates, but they can make even better dates when one partner is living with dementia. The Toledo Museum of Art is the latest institution to develop a guided tour designed to engage a person living with dementia and his or her spouse, child, or friend in a stimulating afternoon program surrounded by art. The artwork triggers memories that allow people with dementia to talk--oftentimes more than they've done in months or years. "It was a wonderful experience for him and for me, because I hadn't seen him that enthusiastic in a long time," said Charlene Ford of her husband Ben. "He came to life that day." The monthly Meet Me at the TMA tour is an excellent opportunity to ease the loss of memories while creating new ones.
Toledo Blade, January 29, 2011

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