Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- No, Chinese investors aren't 'buying up Detroit' – but they do have an eye on the Motor City
- The average Michigan family needs $52,330 a year to 'make ends meet'
- If Arizona's bill to discriminate surprises you, you won't believe what's legal in Michigan
- What all the snow and ice will mean for Great Lakes water levels
- Here are our 10 favorite photos of what your winter looks like
Thu August 4, 2011
DIA launches program for Alzheimer's patients
The Detroit Institute of Arts is taking the first step toward building a program for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.
The DIA and the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association have been trying to launch the “Minds on Art” program for more than a year. But it’s stalled from lack of funding.
But the groups decided to hold an initial session anyway, and hope to expand the program.
The program offers gallery tours for patients and caregivers. Renee Grant is a DIA docent who trained to work with Alzheimer’s patients.
“These would not be information-based tours, but instead an experience that would evoke memories, feelings, and emotions from the artwork.”
DIA Program Manager Sue Troia says the project’s main aim is to combat the isolation many Alzhaimer’s patients and caregivers feel.
“And we want to give them a place, a comfortable place, to come together-- for caregivers to come together with other caregivers, for people living with the disease to come together with other people living with the disease. And to have the same type of experience of looking at art, talking about art, having an art-making experience.”
The program also provides a studio experience where patients can create their own art.