Art class brings joy for those with Alzheimer's and dementia

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - An art program coordinated by The Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska brings a safe space to those living with Alzheimers or dementia to socialize and learn.

“The Art Links program’s goal is to try to get our clients goal, those who have Alzheimer's or related dementia, back out of their house," said Kevin Silver, a Program Assistant with the education department of the organization. “We have a safe space for them to do something that is entertaining and also provides their care partner a place to talk to others.”

The 45-minute-class has a theme every week for participants to partake in. Their caregivers can work alongside them, or step out and talk to other caregivers in a similar situation as them.

Tom Ward and his wife, Lena Ward, attend the class.

Tom Ward enjoys the class because it gets his wife out of the house, but he also gets questions answered about care for his wife.

“If you have any questions or needs, it's a fine place to be,” Ward said. “The answers are always here.”

"Just to get out of the house, I think is really important,” Lena Ward said. “That I have someplace to go where people laugh and play.”

The Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska’s mission is to "support Alaskans affected by Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and other disabilities to ensure the quality of life."

They have several similar programs available in different cities across Alaska. For more information on the class, visit their website.

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