Friday, August 25, 2017

Jane: Dementia and the Arts

At the recent conference of the Dementia Action Alliance in Atlanta, GA, there was an extensive display of artistic creations by people with dementia. There were paintings and drawings (in different mediums), photographs, ceramics, and fiber arts. I was particularly enchanted by the fiber arts created by Cecil, and I asked him to create me a piece.

It arrived in the mail yesterday:

My photography skills are not great, so the photograph doesn't do the piece justice -- an intricate, crocheted creation, using many different stitches and colors.

Not only does Cecil have dementia, but he is nearly blind.

People with dementia who take up an artistic expression after their diagnosis say that it is very fulfilling, and a wonderful way to interact with the world in a new way. Perhaps anyone who is artistic will say the same thing.

In any case, we all need more art in our lives, and I applaud anyone who is artistic. And let this be a reminder that people with dementia have many gifts, and we should encourage their expression.

Thanks, Cecil!


  1. That is just gorgeous! I love how you two are sharing the gifts and the frustrations of walking through the Canyon.

  2. Yes, the arts. Writing is an art, and Sky does it beautifully and masterfully. I left off reading last July and just started in again. I was so glad to see recent posts. I am read blog digests back to front, i.e. earlier posts before recent ones. In good faith, Lucy I.

  3. Alzheimer's disease referred to simply as Alzheimer's, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. It is the cause of 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events. Necessary to take alzheimer's treatment