Observed well-being among individuals with dementia: Memories in the Making, an art program, versus other structured activity


Kenny and Rentz

This study observed the well-being of 12 individuals while engaging in Memories in the Making, an art program designed for people in early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s. Memories in the Making encourages self-expression through visual arts. The results from the intervention were compared observations of the same participants in more traditional adult day center activities. Results showed that individuals were significantly more interested with sustained attention, pleasure, self-esteem and normalcy during Memories in the Making. There were no differences shown between negative affect or sadness in the two different types of activities.