Art observation in a group setting of individuals living with dementia offers an exchange of ideas, sensory stimulation and socialization.
While discussing Wayne Tiebaud’s paintings, a short biography of the local artist was shared by an activity specialist. One participant named Louise exclaimed that she knew he lived in Sacramento and was an art professor in San Francisco. She expressed her knowledge in a way that showed the importance of her valued intellect. Having a forum to share her knowledge helped nurture her dignity and self esteem.
The painting called “Various Cakes” gave others the opportunity to connect to their senses by imagining the flavors of the various cakes and share their personal favorites. Bill and Diego wanted a slice of the green cake, which Bill said would taste like mint. David said he’d take “any one of them!”. The chocolaty cake front and center was the one Phyllis had her eye on and Margret was curious what the orange cake would be. Not lemon pie or custard, they decided, and JoAnne said it was too bright to be orange flavored. Besides, she exclaimed, if it was then she would want chocolate on it anyway.
It seems that the love for chocolate is rarely forgotten!