Imagine a woman, Lillian, with short white hair sitting at a table with a paintbrush in her hand working on completing a painting. She sometimes needs to be gently reminded of what to do next, and she might even need some physical cues, but she’s smiling.
Lillian is proud of the painting and can’t wait to show her family. She’s creating this Legacy Painting as a gift to one of her great-grandchildren. She has written the name of the recipient on the back of the canvas. This project has meaning and purpose; Lillian is doing something that most people with dementia are no longer encouraged to do, create an original work of art, and a gift for a special relative at the same time.
At EngAGE EnCOURAGE™, we know that participating in Legacy Projects is a meaningful way to enhance the lives of people with dementia. It seems as if all senior adults, not just those with dementia, are continually searching for ways to have a purpose in their lives and meaningful engagement with others.
Legacy Projects should use quality materials that an adult would feel confident and proud to use. Any assistance provided to the artist needs to be offered in a kind & loving way, promoting independence and ownership.
Legacy Projects are an essential part of the Learning & Creative Classes available at the EngAGE EnCOURAGE™ Store. If you would like to learn more about implementing Legacy Projects for your residents or members or you would like to schedule a time to discuss with one of our experts contact us today.