A special painting experience is happening at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, on Wednesday, October 9th from 1 PM to 3 PM. Created for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory care afflictions, this hands-on art experience is designed to engage participants in a creative and instinctual process while forming a sense of community. Previous art experience is not necessary. If you have questions or require accommodations, please contact Emma Moore, Assistants, caregivers and companions do not pay a fee and are welcomed as participants or observers. Instructed by Tiffany Paige Ramirez with The Hummingbird Project in Sacramento.
Hummingbird Lead Activity Specialist, Tiffany Paige Ramirez, recently celebrated her creativity with a reception for her first solo art exhibit, entitled Story of Stories. Using a combination of collage and paper mache, Tiffany shares her fascination for colors, texture and images, and how they work together to tell stories. Many of those stories teach, inspire and challenge the artist, all of which keeps pulling her back to her studio to learn more about herself.
Story of Stories can be viewed now, through October 27th, at Art and Soul Gallery at Oak Hills Church, 1100 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, CA.
Seniors came out to celebrate seniors at the Cameron Park Community Center on September 12th, and The Hummingbird Project was a proud supporter of the event! A stage packed full of local ukulele players entertained the audience with classic numbers, and smiles and chair dancing was abound!
Music, community and delicious snacks offered an afternoon full of Joyful Moments!
Grab your activity partner and make a kindness rock for your garden or home. Go on a nature walk and find a rock for your creative expression activity. If possible, bring the paint materials with you and setup to do your painting outdoors. Paint your rock and choose a favorite inspirational word or phrase. Some ideas can be: Kindness, Joy, Be Happy, Positivity, Love and Smile. Once you have completed the activity, put your rock on display in your yard, garden or home. Creative expression can improve your mood and overall quality of life.
A beautiful story of love and longevity can be seen in Meaghan Overdeep’s article in Better Homes and Gardens titled “He’s 103, She’s 100, and They Just Celebrated 82 Years of Marriage.”
Overdeep writes, “The North Carolina lovebirds say the secret to their lasting love is simple. ‘Just be nice to each other,’ they agreed.”
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Photo courtesy of WSOC-TV.
Many people have spent numerous hours admiring the tool shelves at Home Depot – and even more hours in their garage or workspace inventing projects just so they can pull out that toolbox and have have-at-it! Presenting various tools to an activity partner who has a similar past can ignite memories of purpose and value. Wood, hammers and assorted hardware also offer sensory stimulation and opportunities for reminiscing. Take time to examine the tools and various building materials and see what memories or ideas arise. Go one step further and research a small project that offers a joyful experience, as well as strengthening cognition and hand dexterity.
Need a quick and easy way to create a fun painting experience? Try gathering a collection of interesting objects from your home and set them in the center of a table. With your activity partner, arrange paper and paints around the items and each of you select your favorite object as inspiration. Many people prefer to paint from a picture or object, rather than pulling an idea from their mind. This helps set everyone up for success and also creates the opportunity for choice. Suspend any judgement and enjoy the process of experimenting with color!
You can also try it with a small group or the whole family! Happy Painting!
According to Katie Sehl’s article on Fortune.com titled “Doctors Can Now Give Out Prescriptions for a Visit to the Museum”, a doctor’s handwritten chicken scratch may now be a valid admissions ticket to museums in Canada.
Sehl writes,“No one likes going to a pharmacy to fill a prescription, but filling one at a fine arts museum is an entirely different proposition. Launching its partnership with the Médecins Francophones du Canada (MFdC) last November, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has filled 185 prescriptions, each one granting up to two adults and two children admission to peruse its collections of old and new masters, visit an exhibition, or join a guided tour.”
She continues, “Physicians who participate in the MMFA-MFdC Museum Prescriptions program are given an official pad of 50 slips, which they can prescribe or refill at their own discretion.”
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To help our client stay connected to his lifelong dedication to law, a recent activity session focused on the Supreme Court.
At one point in his education, Jack’s emphasis was Constitutional Law. Jack enjoyed the intellectual and cognitive stimulation that reviewing what one source noted were the “top most influential Supreme Court decisions” provided. To tap into Jack’s expertise and support his self-esteem, after each case, his activity specialist stopped to discuss whether he felt it was worthy enough to make the list. He concurred with most of them but felt “a few more important rulings” were missing. Together they created a list of those missing rulings, which will be utilized in future sessions. Exploring the cases more deeply will further nurture Jack’s intellectual well-being and sense of identity as a lawyer.
Try focusing your visit on spiritual/faith-based themes, nurturing the inner life of your loved one.
One client, Mrs Hacket, shared about her past experience with the University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, which initiated our exploration of ways she could reconnect with this community. Upon visiting the church’s website, we found live-streamed weekly sermons, along with archived recordings of church classes/groups and other videos. A short videos of “Pastor George” having a spirited conversations with congregation members featured a woman who lived at the same retirement community that Mrs. Hacket had been part of. Her spiritual life was reignited, and we were able to assist her in accessing the sermons on a regular basis, nurturing her inner quality of life.
Numerous faith-based apps and websites can easily be found on the internet, offering countless ways to stay connected to personal beliefs and faith practices.