Museum Moments Offers Unique Opportunity for People with Cognitive Impairment & their Families

Written by Audrey Adelson

March 15, 2012

 

The Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Carlos Museum and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) have collaborated together to create a unique program for individuals with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia, and their caregivers. The program, which starts this spring, invites guests to visit the Carlos Museum and enjoy exhibits, stimulating discussion and interactive tours at the museum. Tours are led by highly experienced and trained docents of the Carlos Museum. Each of the docents have completed specialized training to better understand the impact that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have on individuals and their caregivers, as well as how to engage participants in conversation and encourage interaction through art.

The Museum Moments program stems from the teamwork of caring people, experts and innovative organizations. The focus of the program is to invite conversation, spark imagination and foster connections through art for those living with cognitive impairment.  Through engagement with art, experts believe the participants and their caregivers will have an opportunity for exchange, sharing of experiences and possibly accessing memories while being in a social setting and allowing connections that are sometimes difficult to achieve when someone is living with dementia.

Museum Moments interactive tours take place on March 21st, April 11th and April 25th. To register contact, Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center staff member Johnathan at (404) 728-4771 or email him at johnathan.huh@emory.edu.

Additional information about the program can be found at Museum Moments and Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The ADRC also provides many free classes and resources for individuals with cognitive impairment including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Free resources and classes are also available for caregivers.

For questions about this article or other resources to help caregivers, please contact Audrey Adelson at (404) 727-1261.