Meet Me at the Movies: Culture and Alzheimer's Care

The Silver Screen 
 

As part of our Silver Screen series, we highlight the themes of aging being explored in the art form of film. Beginning in October, the cinema now has something special to offer those with Alzheimer's disease. 

To the FRYE Art Museum, the connection between art and dementia care is not a new one. They have welcomed the cutting edge use of the public art space as a place for healing and connection for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and many other dementias. In a private showing at the museum, caregivers, family, and those in a variety of stages of brain disease are invited to enjoy the nonverbal communication of color, form, and emotion. They are also given opportunities to share what they see and have their perspective acknowledged and seen. In the safety of those leading the HERE: NOW program at the Frye, they are validated and allowed to have the experience they have.

In the same spirit of reaching out to those living with and caring for those with dementia, there is a new endeavor at the Frye called, “Meet Me at the Movies”. It is a unique film experience. Short clips from classic films are shown, followed by audience discussion and reminiscence guided by a moderator. While dementia does not have a cure or treatment, cultural activities and engagement in the arts has had many positive outcomes in addressing the symptoms and difficult behaviors associated with the disease. The cinema and the music scores we grew up listening to often have the power to connect us with our deep-rooted emotional memories. This group is designed for people with dementia as well as their care partners and can be enjoyed by all adults. It is FREE. 

"Meet Me at the Movies" was pioneered by ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s, which is an initiative of the I’m Still Here Foundation. Their purpose is to enhance the cultural and creative life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Their mission includes enabling individuals with dementia to express their inner-selves, and lessen the stigma that often accompanies a diagnosis. ARTZ has developed Alzheimer’s-specific cultural access programs with some of the worlds most renowned and respected cultural institutions, including the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New Your City, and the National Gallery of Australia and now FRYE Art Museum.

Meet Me at the Movies

Saturday, October 25, 2014
11:30am-1pm

Saturday, February 14, 2015
11:30am-1pm

Saturday, May 2, 2015
11:30am-1pm

Saturday, August 1,2015
11:30am-1pm

FREE 

Located in the Frye Auditorium

For further details and to register online visit: http://fryemuseum.org/calendar/event/56000/

 

 

Published on October 13, 2014.