Persons with Alzheimer's are often socially isolated, which contributes to the further decline of their capacities. ARTZ needs your support to develop and offer virtual visits of museums which could permit patients to experience visits at home, accompanied by a trained volunteer or a family member. This tool represents a way to provide cognitive stimulation and to sustain self-esteem and quality of life. The visits are rich in content and include high quality reproductions of works of art.
The demand is immense: There are an estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2017; an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. Because of the increasing number of people age 65 and older in the United States, particularly the oldest-old, the number of new cases of Alzheimer's and other dementias is projected to soar. In 2016, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.2 billion hours of unpaid assistance to
Together we can provide immense benefits to patients with Alzheimer's and related dementia. We can: - Prevent loss of autonomy - Stimulate cognitive and motor functions - Repair and/or sustain self-esteem - Stimulate relational capacities and social contacts
Going Virtual, going global through Technology: In 2016, the association created a website offering virtual visits which permits patients to experience visits at home, accompanied by a trained family member or community service volunteer. Your support will dramatically expand the scope of the help brought by our association, even to those who are home-bound because of geographical, mobility, or other health challenges.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).