Memories in the Making: Happy Dog by Evelyn
Memories in the Making is an Alzheimer’s Association art therapy program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Volunteer facilitators help people with dementia – many of whom often have no art background – create drawings and paintings. These sessions provide participants social interaction and boost their self-esteem while opening the channels of communication with loved ones.
Today’s featured Memories in the Making artist is Evelyn. Evelyn is an incredible artist and loves the Memories in the Making group. There is another music group that goes on simultaneously, but each week Evelyn states, “I think we have more fun in here!” She has been coming to the group for several years now and has even taking up painting on the side. Her paintings range from intricate flowers to animals and butterflies – she always looks for striking pictures with vibrant colors that challenge her skills. Even though she is 92 years old, Evelyn is active and energetic and helps set up and clean up with the facilitator every week. Her lovely spirit is an asset to the group. It’s fun to sit with Evelyn as she paints and shares her memories- stories about the places she’s lived, her family, and her thoughts about life and how grateful she is for the blessings she has had.
Evelyn’s painting is just one of the many works of art that will be auctioned off at our annual Memories in the Making Art & Wine Auction, held this year on March 1 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. In addition to work by Memories in the Making artists, the silent and live auction selection will include fine wines, unique experiences and luxury items.
Visit www.alz.org/norcal to purchase tickets and learn more.