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 permit individuals 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.
As the population ages and rates of dementia grow worldwide, stigma, invisibility and isolation are on the rise. Social exclusion restricts vital cultural connections. More than ever, community solutions to address these challenges require innovative programs that ensure persons with dementia are seen, respected and included. Contemplating the greatest masterpieces of art history represents a unique opportunity for people with dementia to discover the faculties that persist despite the disease.
The ARTZ methodology maintain relational skills, vocabulary richness and visual recognition abilities. It supports the implementation of compensation strategies to retrieve memories, to anchor new information in memory, to build reasoning and to continue to express oneself despite the lack of a word. Through museum visits, cognitive abilities are stimulated and decline is slowed. Caregivers benefit from free time and the opportunity to rediscover the person and preserve their relantionships.
Going Virtual, going global through Technology: In 2016, the association created a website offering virtual visits which permits people with Alzheimer's to experience visits at home, accompanied by a trained caregiver. Today, ARTZ helps 2000 people with dementia annually, our goal is to reach 4000 by 2023. 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.