Remembering through art

Published: Apr. 15, 2019 at 5:51 PM EDT
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Three days a week, Carl, a participant in the Lake Superior Adult Day Services, is dropped off at the Messiah Lutheran Church where they host a program for individuals who have dementia, memory loss, or Alzheimer's.

Lake Superior Adult Day Services serves as a respite program for the primary caregivers of the participants. Caregivers can drop off their loved one and run errands while the Service hosts fun activities, such as painting.

Monday was art day, where participants used watercolor to express how they were feeling.

"What we are doing here today is preparing for Art in the Moment. But, truly what they are doing is painting what they feel at the moment. This is where they are living today, in this moment,” said Sue Rutkowski, Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice CEO.

Art in the Moment is an art show fundraiser, benefiting Lake Superior Adult Day Services, taking place on May 9. It will showcase the participants' talents and feelings.

The act of painting brings back emotions and triggers memories from the past that some are able to showcase.

"Often we have a little art gallery time where we talk about paintings,” said Barbra Knox, Art Instructor. “I put up a big board that has a bunch of little pictures on it then that helps sparks memories from things of the past. They have associations with the painting."

But, for others, like Carl who painted “Peat the Dragon,” they use the time to paint whatever they would like.

"Some maybe be capable of doing more than others, but they have the same or very similar diseases. And everyone has different capacities, but everybody is able to create some beautiful artwork,” said Rutkowski.

TV6 and FOX UP will continue to provide updates on Art in the Moment.

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