Maureen shares how the Arts Engagement Program at Banner Alzheimer's Institute helped her and her father cope with his disease.
It has provided a social activity or social outlet with people like us, and so we have been to, we took a tour of Chase Field which was very interesting. We have been to the Botanical Gardens and there’s also Lunchbox Theater at the Herberger. These are just a few of the activities they have scheduled. They usually do once, one a month, and I have met people who have attended my MAPS training class. I have seen them at these different affairs, and then I am also volunteering with Banner to help keep our support groups together so that we just don’t splinter.
Everybody who was in the same kind of quandary is hungry for people in a similar situation; it makes socializing much easier. You don’t have to explain anything and those activities that are planned that are easy, and it allows the caregiver to be involved in the moment with their loved ones. You’re just there to enjoy the beauty or the activity or whatever in it. You don’t have to be in charge anymore because there’s this activity, and it’s wonderful.
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