Akron: Painting with Alzheimer’s Patients

The Alzheimer’s Association reported Ohio for having a total of 210,000 individuals, 65 and older, living with Alzheimer’s in 2017; this statistic is expected to reach 250,000 by the year 2025.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Losing your memory and the ability to do everyday things is hard for the individual as well as their loved ones. Memory care helps empowers seniors who have memory loss to stay active and engaged in daily activities as much as possible but what if something else could be done? Art therapy and painting has been shown to improve mood, increase activity and socialization as well as overall quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.

The Akron Chapter of because I said I would wanted to do something to help. Together we led a painting activity with patients at Arden Courts of Bath, who suffer from Alzheimer’s or a Dementia related illness.

It was truly a rewarding experience and the residents were amazing to work with. We would like to say a special thanks to Polly and the staff at Arden Courts for helping lead the event, and helping us interact with the residents. They did a wonderful job with the painting projects and enjoyed the ice cream social even more!

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