Creative Connections for Dementia 

This program is open to individuals with memory loss living at home and their care partners. We spend an hour together creating art in different forms- from visual arts like painting with watercolors or acrylics, and paper crafts, to music and dance, to creative storytelling, and poetry.

We recognize that due to the way dementia affects the brain, people with dementia need activities which are formatted to be accessible to them. We use the concepts from Montessori-based dementia care to make sure all of our activities are accessible to people with dementia and their ability.

We do a different activity each week and work with a variety of mediums. Pictures from these sessions appear on the Gallery page. We always enjoy our time together and create beautiful art.  

 

Creative Connections and Other Sessions:

Mondays in Parma                                                                                                   2nd Monday of each month                                                                           University Health Education Center, Room 5, 7300 State Road                                     Program begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m.                                                   Creative Connections(TM) arts enrichment & socialization (No Cost) 

Tuesdays in Westlake                                                                                                Forget-Me-Not Cafe                                                                                                 Every Tuesday                                                                                                     The Studio, 26040 Detroit Road, Suite 3, Westlake                                                     Program begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.                                               Coffee, tea, and snacks followed by Arts Enrichment, TimeSlips(TM), music, dance, yoga, storytelling (No Cost)   

New Opportunity!                                                                                     Wednesdays in Westlake                                                                              Sweetarts Cafe                                                                                                  Every Wednesday                                                                                              Program begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.                                                      Bring your own brown bag lunch or Order a Panera lunch (*for a fee)                  Followed by arts enrichment (No cost for Art)

Fridays in Westlake                                                                                               The Studio, 26040 Detroit Road, Suite 3, Westlake                                             Creative Connections(TM)                                                                               Program begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.                                                           Arts Enrichment: visual arts, music, TimeSlips(TM), poetry, improv and socialization   Followed by coffee and snacks (No Cost)

 


 

 




Registration for Monthly Art Care Program

 

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A Story 

Created using TimeSlips

photo by George Eastman House from the TimeSlips Storytelling Kit

We’ve got a sweet little child there who is looking and thinking “Oh, can I have some goodies here?” Goodies from Mom. Goodies are from the jar. The dog would like to have something to do with it. Or, if not, he is going to have something to do with it soon. It’s a golden retriever named Murphy.

Is the boy supposed to have those cookies? The dog thinks he should have the cookies. The young man had a plan because he has a drink with him. He is going to have more than one cookie. His name is Alexander, he is a smart little one.

They are in the kitchen after school, in the afternoon. Looks like he has a tear in the knee of his pants from playing baseball, climbing trees, and falling while he was running. He has a few treats.

He went into the kitchen and thought “I’m a little hungry, Mom isn’t here, but the dog is.” Alexander got there first, Murphy heard Alexander getting the food, maybe he smelled the food too. They smelled peanut butter cookies and a fruit punch drink. He put jelly on the cookies. Murphy is going to pounce and take a few more steps and get the cookie. Golden retrievers love to eat. Alexander will be happy to share his cookies because he has a whole can of cookies so he won’t run out.

Alexander and Murphy are not worried about dinner, they probably would like cookies better than dinner anyway. Alexander is looking at his mother who just walked in, he’s been discovered. He is not too worried about that though. They are in the moment, not thinking about anything but what is in front of them. He got some jam on his thumb, which he licks off just as his mother comes is.