Art Through The Ages, a Dementia-Friendly Event

art through the ages event

The Tucson Museum of Art and Dementia Friendly Tucson have partnered to host an exciting event from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 23, 2022. With a focus on people living with dementia, this event will display beautiful art from local community artists in a dementia-friendly setting, including free admission to the Tucson Museum of Art. This event will also serve to introduce Dementia Friendly Tucson to the community.

Dementia Friendly Tucson helps businesses become “dementia-friendly”. 

Some examples of what makes a business dementia-friendly are special accommodations such as awareness training for staff, specific viewing times at a movie theater, alternative drink ware, extra napkins, or preferred seating at a restaurant. The pledge to be a dementia-friendly business allows for experiences, events, and outings to be  enjoyable for someone living with dementia and their care companions. 

The event will also showcase guest speakers to share information and resources on topics such as the benefits of art and music therapy, expressive writing, the benefits of IV hydration, and dementia-friendly foods.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to create their own piece of art through The Art of Memory program. Music performances will be held by ElderHealth’s Music Therapist Michael Hieber.

Art Through The Ages is an event that you will not want to miss! You will have the opportunity to nominate businesses that you would like to see become “dementia-friendly”. Dementia Friendly Tucson works towards a culture shift for a kinder community. So often we hear from caregivers and patients that they don’t feel comfortable spending an afternoon out. Dementia shouldn’t stop anyone from new experiences and memories with loved ones. 

ElderHealth is proud to sponsor an event for such an important cause. 

“Dementia Friendly Tucson is so important to us at ElderHealth because a lot of our patients live in private homes. Dementia Friendly Tucson gives our patients the gift of being able to enjoy their community, which is priceless!”

Corinne Self, MD, ElderHealth

We’ve reached out to our community sponsors Catalina In Home Services, Harmony Hospice, and Bayada to explain what this event means to them and for the people in our community:

“Catalina In-Home Services provides hourly support to elders in their homes, many of which have some form of dementia. ElderHealth knows the value of art in the lives of people who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. Our caregivers who work with the elderly know first hand that some, even simple art activities, add value to the lives of the people they work with – even a calming effect.  Catalina In-Home Services acknowledges ElderHealth for their innovative focus on how to enhance their patients’ lives medically, emotionally, spiritually.”

Judy Clinco, Catalina In-Home Services

“I am so grateful to ElderHealth at Home, The Tucson Museum of Art and Dementia Friendly Tucson for bringing Art Through the Ages to our community! Art therapy, and engagement with art, stimulates areas of the Brain that are the least affected by Dementia. Art brings quality of life to those suffering from this terrible disease. Harmony Hospice is a strong advocate for increasing access to alternative therapies, such as art therapy and exposure, to our Tucson community. We are looking forward to participating in this novel event!”

Brianna Henderson, LMSW, Harmony Hospice

“My team is so excited to be a part of this event to assist families and patients to get out for support and education. We value our partnership with Elderhealth to allow patients to receive care in their home.”

Celina Ginn Morales, BAYADA Home Health Care
Please RSVP By October 17, 2022

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