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Torn Paper Art inspired by Ted Harrison

The colorful serigraphs of Ted Harrison are the inspiration for this project! I love torn paper art because it is simple to do and  the end product can be so beautiful... which makes it a perfect medium for someone with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. Also,...

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Seascape Activity Using Torn Paper

This seascape is a great Alzheimer's art activity to do one-on-one or with a group! Most people have very happy associations with the ocean!  There aren't a lot of supplies to purchase and it is a great project for varied skill levels.    HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED:...

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Glitter Pumpkin Alzheimer’s Activity

It is hard to find Autumn / Halloween activities for adults, particularly those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, that are easy but not too juvenile.  However, the Glitter Pumpkin is almost magical (and also an impressive seasonal decoration or gift).  It...

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Patriotic Table Decoration

This Patriotic Craft was made for a Memorial Day celebration but would be perfect for 4th of July festivities as well. In some cases, a person with Alzheimer's (or another form of dementia) may need some help but it should be relatively easy for most if the steps are...

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Rex Ray Project

      Rex Ray is one of my favorite contemporary artists and his work is a great springboard for projects for senior artists or anyone really! He lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay and was both a fine artist and graphic designer. (Sadly, he died in 2015.)  I...

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Simple Ways to Help Someone with Alzheimer’s

When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them that I work in a Alzheimer's/ Memory Support Unit, they often give me a sad look and say something like, "Oh, that must be depressing!", or..... "Wow, I don't know how you do it."  But the fact is that most...

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Peter Max Project

When I think of Peter Max, I think of the psychedelic sixties and how the Pop Art Movement swept the country!  Peter Max's vibrant, recognizable images are perfect for a collage project for people with dementia/ Alzheimer's because they are so upbeat and enjoyable to...

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It is Enough

This quote reminded me of the importance of helping someone with Alzheimer's (or any other form of dementia) to experience the world around them. It needn't be anything too taxing or elaborate......A ride in the car down a country road, watching squirrels gather nuts,...

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Is it OK to Lie to Someone with Alzheimer’s?

Norman has Alzheimer’s Disease and is looking for his wife.  He has been going from room to room and then standing by the window anxiously.  About every three minutes, he asks, “Have you seen Peggy? Do you know when she’ll be back?”  Norman is beside himself with...

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Matisse Collage Project

This collage, inspired by the "cut-out" work of Henri Matisse, is easy to do but can look remarkable by following my simple steps.  There is some cutting prep work and I have given you two free printable templates to make it easier (FOR TEMPLATES, SEE BELOW: "STEP...

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Sort Junk Mail!

  Sorting, fiddling. stacking or ripping......Have all of your friends start saving their JUNK MAIL ,catalogs/ and magazines! One of the best daily activities for someone at home or in a facility is "reading" the mail. Remember, this has probably been something...

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Initial Art Using Magazine Strips

 This is a very easy and rewarding project to do with people of varying abilities. It is also very inexpensive since the only supplies you need are:  two pieces of white cardboard  (I cut up a gift box...), magazine strips (about 1/4 " wide), and  glue.  I traced a...

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