New Friends Care program addresses dementia through art

August 15, 2018

Friends Care Community is currently implementing a new program to aid residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia — by helping them express themselves through art.

Opening Minds through Art, or OMA, is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This program was developed by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University to help those with dementia and Alzheimer’s work through cognitive impairment and maintain involvement in the community. Friends Care began implementing the eight-week program on July 1, and recently received a $1,500 grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to extend the program further.

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Meghan Young

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