Residents Paint to Support Others With Alzheimer’s

10/9/2014
Wineandwatercolors ENRICHED

If a picture is worth a thousand words, our resident artists have spoken volumes. At Silverado, we believe that personal expression is one of the best ways for residents to remain active and engaged, so we integrate art into our dementia specific engagement programs. Some of the pieces of artwork created in these resident drawing and painting classes are then auctioned off to benefit others with dementia.

Earlier this year, Silverado Escondido held their third annual Wine and Watercolors mixer and silent auction, featuring roughly 30 resident-painted pieces. Over 100 people attended the fundraiser, and several thousand dollars was raised forthe San Diego Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

This event represents a practice central to Silverado’s care, whichis enriching the lives of individuals with dementia by helping them to experience the fulfillment of achievement, giving and engagement.

“The classes and auctions bring joy and a feeling of connection to our residents, as well as showing that individuals with dementia can lead meaningful lives,” says Rick Topete, Community Ambassador for Silverado Escondido. “This is a wonderful celebration of their abilities, not limitations. It helps create community awareness and hope, and of course benefits a cause that is close to all of our hearts.”

Inspired by the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Memories in the Making” art therapy program, about 10 Silverado Escondido resident artists gather every Monday and create many of the pieces that will go up for auction. Paintings from the previous two shows have sold for several hundred dollars each and hang in offices and homes throughout the area.

The classes and auctions, however, represent far more than just the works produced and sold. “Assisting other people is very uplifting, so enabling our residents to serve their community and beyond helps them contribute to the world in a meaningful way and can restore self-worth,” Topete says. “Many residents have participated in non-profit organizations during their lives, and we are reconnecting them with something that has always mattered. Art allows people to express themselves without having to use words, which is especially significant for the memory-impaired, because verbal capacity can be affected as the condition progresses. With art, the possibilities can be almost endless.”

This dedication to art is universal across all Silverado communities and is a favorite activity for both residents and the associates who get to help. Silverado Orchard Park, Plano, Naperville, and Brookfield also held successful art fundraisers earlier this year, and our Sierra Vista and Cypresswood communities plan to host their charity auctions later this month.

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