VSOA Offers Art Program for Seniors with Memory Impairment
By Jackie Holfelder
Opening Memories is a video program offering creative art expression for individuals with mild cognitive impairment and early-to-middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias that has been developed with expertise and love by Visionary School of Arts (VSOA).
Lynn Corrie, Teacher/Administrative Director of VSOA, is a graduate of Pittsburgh Art Institute and has years of experience designing programs for three levels of cognitive ability in memory care facilities, giving her the perfect skill set to design the special project.
Opening Memories consists of a series of videos that are appropriate for individuals or groups, in either home or classroom settings.
Corrie shepherds the artists through each video. The themes have been developed to awaken the right side of the brain, which can stimulate images and memories.
The color, design and use of various media are additional stimuli. Templates and conversation starters are also provided for each video.
On each video, she recreates an easy-to-draw recollection from childhood: playgrounds, bike riding, hopscotch. What’s unique about this art program is that participants are encouraged to share old stories and anecdotes as they create memory stimulating art.
Corrie also shares a personal story at the end of each video.
No artistic skill is required, and care managers and/or family members are encouraged to assist and to encourage discussions.
Two videos are produced each month with unlimited viewing. The cost is $60 per month for subscribers to Opening Memories or $70 for a single-month’s purchase of the two.
Working on the artwork instills satisfaction and joy in the participants.
An introductory video is available on YouTube.
For information about viewing it or to learn more about Opening Memories, call 772-283-4888 or email email@example.com.
Photo provided by VSOA
Lynn Corrie, designer and teacher of VSOA’s Opening Memories program