In 2017, we are launching a new program – Still Here-A Narrative of Hope.
Our purpose: to overcome fear and stigma with a public narrative of hope—bringing people with dementia out of the shadows, creating more opportunities for low-income residents living with memory loss to participate in life affirming creative arts programs and providing the experiences all of us need to build a dementia friendly community.
The power of creative expression to enrich the quality of life for people living with dementia is profound. The effortless joy of music and singing—the infectious play of improv theatre—the fun and companionship of a circle dance—the instinctive rhythm of drumming—the ability to reminisce, share stories and memories in a welcoming environment—the fleeting moment captured in a poem—they overcome the roadblocks of verbal communication to a path of creativity and joy. Prompting curiosity and creativity, restoring dignity and sense of self, fostering connection and companionship, reducing anxiety and depression and strengthening bonds with family and friends—exhilarating illustrations of the tenacity of the human spirit.
But as valuable as these programs are, they are not available to everyone. Too many people with dementia and memory loss are living without access to these life-affirming programs. It is our goal to bring these programs to senior centers and senior living facilities without the resources they need to offer them to their communities.
You can help. We begun an Indiegogo Generosity campaign to raise $4,000 to expand access to the life-affirming creative arts programs that enrich and empower the lives of people who live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias!
To learn more, view the campaign, make a donation or share it with your friends, click here. https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/empower-people-living-with-dementia-through-art