Arts help engage people with Alzheimer's
Every 28 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. More the 36 million people are living with dementia today and that number is projected to rise to 115 million by 2050, according to by The World Health Organization (WHO).
Dementia is a chronic brain disorder that affects memory, thinking and the ability to perform everyday tasks. There is no cure for dementia. But research has shown that a great deal can be done to support and improve the lives of people living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.Art helps keep mind active
The Alzheimer’s Association – Delaware Valley Chapter provides arts-related programming to people with dementia who live in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.
“Art is so powerful, without using words. For people with cognitive decline, it’s really a valuable outlet. Exposure to music and art not only allows people with dementia an outlet for expression, it also provides ongoing brain stimulation,” says Claire Day, vice president of constituent services for the Alzheimer’s Association – Delaware Valley Chapter.
Programs at REC Center
People with early stage dementia can participate in programs at The Rocket Educational Community (REC) Center, 399 Market Street, Suite 102 in Philadelphia. Activities can include social engagement with peers, stimulating cultural events, creative activities and art therapy. There is a nominal charge for each eight-week session.