I n an effort to formalize our ever-expanding cultural
arts programs, we are thrilled to announce the
Alzheimerís Association, New York City Chapterís
connect2culture is the new umbrella under which all of our cultural programs
fall, including Greet Art, Social Tea Dance, We Sing!, and art making workshops. connect2culture aims to provide family and professional caregivers, as well
as people with dementia in many cases, with new ways to utilize culture to
enhance relationships, along with myriad opportunities to do so.
Here are some updates on past and future connect2culture offerings:
Greet Art, our flagship cultural arts program which launched nearly two years
ago, introduces professional and family caregivers to outstanding art museums
throughout New York City. The two primary goals of Greet Art are to provide
caregivers of people with dementia with new tools to enhance communication
through art, both in museums and at home, and to provide caregivers with
opportunities for respite and socialization.
Since the launch of Greet Art, the Chapter has had the opportunity to
successfully collaborate with educators at the Museum of Modern Art,
The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The
American Folk Art Museum, and The Rubin Museum of Art. Through these
collaborations we have brought Greet Art to a substantial number of family
and professional caregivers.
Upcoming Greet Art events include
The American Folk Art Museum on
May 10th, and The Rubin Museum
of Art on June 8th. For more
information, please call our 24-hour
Helpline at 800-272-3900.
The talented, professional ballroom
dancers of Rhythm Breaks Cares
(RBC) piloted a Social Tea Dance
for people with dementia and their
caregivers on January 24th. Each
person joined in as they were able
and took pleasure in the stimulating
music and expert dance instruction in a splendid dance studio environment.
One person with dementia who arrived in a wheelchair eventually stood
with assistance to dance. Another person, who was reluctant to attend, ended
up on the dance floor for nearly the entire session. The conga line was fully
subscribed! The second event was held on March 24th and the next Social
Tea Dance will be announced soon. For information call Rhythm Breaks
Cares Studio 646-742-9014.