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Living Memories The Art of Reminiscing

Improve the quality of life of both caregiver and participant with classic, relatable artwork during planned activity time.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

I created this art based program featuring my artwork as a tool for family members, friends, activity professionals, volunteers and therapists. Art reminiscence therapy provides a stimulating program of sharing memories and the emotions and feelings that are such an important part of our lives. The activity may be done in a group setting or on a one-to-one basis if the participant has dementia, particularly in an advanced stage. Viewing visual artwork in itself assists in accessing memories.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

My art reminiscence program is already being implemented in facilities in various areas of the United States. Feedback from users has been very positive and I am currently developing a second kit that will be geared primarily for men.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

One of my goals would be how to make it known and available to facilities in small cities and towns in my region of the country and then beyond.

How long has your idea existed?

  • Over 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a graphic designer and illustrator with over 30 years experience. I have worked as a graphic design coordinator and medical illustrator at hospitals in the Twin Cities, created artwork for the inspirational market, and also work as a freelancer. I currently have a small greeting card company.


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Hi Timothy!

Have you thought about how this solution could scale?

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