How to Use Art to Reach Those with Dementia: Proven Strategies to Connect

AlzAuthors: Dementia and the Arts

By Marianne Sciucco, New York, US

Have you heard these myths about the power of art in dementia care?

  • Myth 1: Only artistic individuals can benefit from art therapy.
  • Myth 2: People with advanced dementia can’t engage in creative activities.
  • Myth 3: Art therapy is only about painting and drawing.

In this podcast, you will learn how different art forms can benefit those living with dementia and how you can incorporate them in your care. From using humor to engaging with music and art, our expert panelists are redefining the meaning of connection in dementia care. Learn how simple activities like painting, singing, and even reading can spark meaningful interactions, revive memories, and create joy. Stay tuned for heartwarming stories and unexpected insights that will change the way you approach dementia care. Immerse yourself in this inspiring journey of reconnection and hope. This is a replay of our event on January 23rd.

Unlock the Power of Art

Art has a transformative capacity, it can unlock creativity, foster expression, and stimulate memories for individuals living with dementia. This tool for engagement can be adapted in multitude of ways to captivate, soothe, and connect, maintaining personal identity and legacy. Harnessing this power of art boosts overall well-being, encouraging unexpected moments of joy and validation.

The Panelists

Featuring Tom & Karen Brenner, Mary Crescenzo, Katya De Luisa, Marc Rothman, MD, and Tryn Rose Seley. For details on the authors visit our website.


“I like to generally think of people who have dementia as on a journey that’s very different from the one we all are on who don’t have dementia. And it’s taking them to a different place. It’s taking them to a place that’s hard for us to recognize.”- Marc Rothman, MD

“When we meet a person with Alzheimer’s where they are, by using fluid guidance, non-judgment, not having preconceived notions what they can or cannot do, we can begin to have engagements with them.” Mary Crescenzo

“It’s our turn to start the conversation, to bring out the best in a person with dementia.” – Tryn Rose Seley

In this episode, you will:

  • Discover how art can transform the lives of individuals with dementia and enhance their well-being.
  • Learn how personalized art can revive memories and create meaningful connections with individuals experiencing dementia.
  • Explore the impact of humor individuals with dementia and how it fosters engagement and joy.
  • Uncover the benefits of using reading and writing as therapeutic tools to stimulate cognitive abilities in individuals with dementia.
  • Embrace the power of patience and innovation in art therapy to create meaningful and enriching experiences for individuals with dementia.

About the Podcast

AlzAuthors is the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Our podcast introduces you to our authors who share their stories and insights to provide knowledge, comfort, and support. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a word. If our authors’ stories move you, please leave a review. And don’t forget to share our podcast with family and friends on their own dementia journeys.

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Ideas and opinions expressed in this podcast belong to the speakers and not AlzAuthors. Always consult your healthcare provider and legal and financial consultants for advice on any of the topics covered here.

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