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Our signature "4Life" programs are centered around the creative arts including clinical art therapy and personalized music.  The value of the arts in health and elder care grows daily for individuals with many different diagnoses in any environment. 

ArtTherapy4Life Program

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is not an “arts and crafts” program used for distraction purposes; it is a dignifying, fine arts program used for self-expression that also allows memories to surface while stimulating brain activity.

"I Remember Better When I Paint" is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer's and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. A film by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation, and narrated by Olivia de Havilland. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer's Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer's." 

                                                                 - Berna Huebner, Co-Producer

MusicPrescription4Life Program

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Personalized music rates #1 as the only stimulus that activates the entire brain.

Our most personal life experiences and memories, intertwined with our music, are "safely tucked away" in the last part of the brain affected by dementia. 

In October of 2014, Brian was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 54. He provides a window into the experiences of a “regular guy” from a “regular life” as he goes along his Alzheimer’s journey. Brian is "living well" with Alzheimer's and leans on the profound impact that his personalized music playlist has on his life.              

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Perhaps the best way to describe the success of the art therapy program is to directly quote the comments provided by nursing home staff across the state of Alabama in exit interviews regarding program impact for residents in their care."    

  ~ Gayle Boswell, Executive Director

       Alzheimer's Education, Research & Services, Inc.

Wonderful!  Gives them a sense of identity back, purpose, pride, sense of self-worth. One resident came off both anti-psychotic and pain meds. Became more alert, proud. Did art for her family. Medical director is so impressed that he has volunteered to buy art supplies to enable them to continue the program.

Residents look forward to art. It has made them aware that activities can be used to help them get involved and to use their motor skills.  CNAs are more involved. Families also enjoy it and are impressed by the program.

Thank you for making the residents and me (activity director) realize that there’s much quality of life remaining even in residents who are verbally unable to communicate.

I was so amazed at the difference in their behaviors and talents.

Our programs and resources check lots of boxes.

You Can Help!

Will you help bring the gifts of clinical art therapy and personalized music to individuals with cognitive, mental, developmental or physical challenges and their caregivers?

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