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Access Programs at The CJM: Art and Alzheimer's

An example of a welcoming ritual using a piece of string to connect the group. The power of art to engage individuals with Alzheimer’s is profound. There is a growing body of research that shows that art, music, and other creative activities have significant positive effects on the quality of life, self-expression, socialization, and overall cognitive functioning of those affected by the disease. As demographic patterns of health and aging are rapidly changing, museums are playing a more significant role in health issues. There are approximately five million Americans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Museums have been stepping up to the plate to serve this growing population, and for the last three years, The CJM has been serving individuals with memory loss through our Memory Arts CafĂ© program.