Our focus is to support those living with memory loss, and their families and friends by offering meaningful activities and expressive art experiences. We are located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, and work with individuals in their homes, memory care communities, and offer virtual programs to encourage engagement and communication.
By introducing the expressive arts; music and movement, visual arts, therapeutic drumming, facilitated poetry, creative writing, improvisation, and storytelling, self-expression can be shared and offers opportunities for connectedness.
Utilizing therapeutic recreation to expressive arts as interventions to engage and connect, can reduce anxiety, improve an individuals overall mood and well-being, recall emotions and memories, and improve sense of self. This is especially useful for those who are unable to express themselves verbally. Research shows that persons living with dementia may experience cognitive decline, but creativity and imagination remains. Focus on the feeling when interacting with persons with dementia, not the facts they may share.
We offer consulting nation wide and specialize in identifying and building on the persons strengths and developing an individualized Social Stimulation Program that will address the unmet needs of the person. When needs are not met in a person living with confusion and memory loss, anxiety, verbal agitation, boredom, and searching for people or things can become worrisome and create stress and concerning behaviors.
When strategies to address these behaviors, anxiety can be reduced, activity level can increase, and Quality of Life can improve. Family members will also benefit when these unmet needs are met, as they can create and share joyful moments with their loved one again.
We work with faith-based communities to develop memory ministries, respite opportunities, and staff and family workshops. We also provide trainings to develop and facilitate a Memory Cafe for families members and their loved one. We work with memory care communities and offer program development, consulting, staff/family trainings, and facilitate expressive art and therapeutic recreation groups for adults living with memory loss.
The Arts for Alzheimer's, serving the Tampa Bay area and Beyond, offers an free initial phone consultation or a visit to your facility or home and discuss goals and desired outcomes to ensure success in experiencing the benefits of therapeutic recreation. We specialize in identifying and building on individual strengths and developing strategies and interventions that addresses the un-meet needs that may contribute to behaviors of concern during the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia's and identify meaningful and purposeful activities that gives a purpose in life again.