Alzheimer’s: Laughter and Forgetting

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Alzheimer’s: Laughter and Forgetting.

The attached article, from the magazine, Seattle Met, is a stellar example of a therapy that is not medicinal or chemical, nonetheless, it’s a therapy that works.  Imagine that – and without drugs???

  • Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
    Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Viewing art at a museum and painting to express oneself afterwards. What kind of wackadoodle therapy is that?

It is a very successful therapy – that’s what!  Here: Now is an arts enrichment program developed in partnership with the Frye Museum, Elderwise, and the regional  Alzheimer’s Association, in the greater Seattle, Washington area.

The above article focuses primarily on the younger onset Alzheimer’s disease scenario, highlighting the experiences of Cathie Cannon and her partner, Sharon Monaghan, the latter who was diagnosed with this life-changing disease.    As the author of the article, Ann Hedreen, states

Art – looking at it, talking about, making it – is powerful medicine, one that gives Sharon a way, however fleeting, to live peacefully in the moment, no remembering required.  Even in its very name, Here: Now is about living in the moment.

So I’m going to let you discover the healing power of art, as told by those who can explain it far better than I ever could: Cathie and her partner, Sharon.

2 thoughts on “Alzheimer’s: Laughter and Forgetting

    therestlessnest said:
    September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I am so honored to be featured on your page. Just as I was honored to tell this story. with best wishes,
    Ann Hedreen (aka therestlessnest).


      boomer98053 said:
      September 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Ann: How terrific that we are both Word Press bloggers! I love the option of “Pressing” each others’ blog entries onto our own blogs. Doing so gives greater exposure to the person whose article we are sharing, and also adds interest, and sometimes credibility, to our own blog. Loved your story – and was thrilled to be able to bring it even more to light. Irene, aka Boomer98053 at


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