Alzheimer’s in Art

“There are currently over 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Even despite this incredible statistic, Alzheimer’s and dementia tend to be a taboo subject in today’s society. Marilyn Raichle, though, has started a discussion about these life altering conditions in a remarkable way.

In an article by The Seattle Times, she explains how her mother began painting and creating art after getting Alzheimer’s, which helped them connect during a difficult time. Her mother’s art helped her realize that her mother was still there and lessen her fear of the disease. The article covers the art exhibit in the Seattle City Hall recently put on by Raichle’s organization, The Art of Alzheimer’s.

The exhibit showcases over 50 works of art by those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. A topic usually draped in sadness or fear is depicted in a different light through these artworks.

Here are some pieces featured on their website:

Though I haven’t dealt with Alzheimer’s on a personal level, I think it’s a wonderful therapy and method of expression that The Art of Alzheimer’s has made available to the community.

If you feel the urge to support those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia in our own Lafayette community, you can get involved with the Lafayette chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. There are many opportunities to get involved and similarly help end the stigma that comes with the disease.

Art can bring people together even in times where it seems the division between family members or friends couldn’t be bigger. Raichle has created a forum for those seemingly lost or gone to express themselves and connect with others in a beautiful way.


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