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Memory Care Residents with Minds in Motion

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Memory Care Residents with Minds in Motion

On the morning of Wednesday, March 15th, a small group of Memory Care residents visited the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art accompanied by Sara Meinking, Memory Care Director. The Heart of America Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with the museum to offer free tours to those who suffer from memory loss, and the program has been named Minds in Motion. Minds in Motion was designed to encourage the aforementioned individuals to explore art with the assistance of docents who have been trained to tailor the experience to men and women with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias.

On this maiden visit, our residents studied three pieces of art from the Baroque Era. Each of the residents were engaged, surprising the docents at the gallery. Many people assume those with memory loss have little to nothing left to give, and our residents beautifully illustrated otherwise.

When asked about the best part of the visit, Meinking replied, “It was uplifting and heartwarming to experience the collaboration of a nationally iconic art gallery reaching out to this subset of the senior population and making them feel very ‘normal’ again.”

Each month, a new exhibit is on display and a different group of residents will tour the museum ensuring each one is afforded the opportunity to benefit from “Minds in Motion” and to enjoy the art. Next up for April is the viewing of art from the Ancient World. Stay tuned!