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Art Exhibition At Senior Living Community Aims to Help With Memory Loss

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JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -

The United Methodist Homes senior living community hosted an art exhibition for the Memory Maker Project, a program that utilizes art, culture and advocacy program to help those living with memory loss.

The Memory Maker Project utilizes art, culture and advocacy program to help those living with memory loss caused by diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer's.

This afternoon, the United Methodist Homes Hilltop Campus senior living community hosted an art exhibition for residents to show their work to their families and friends.

The exhibition featured drawings, paintings and poetry, with a reception offering residents, staff and visiting family members refreshments to enjoy.

This Southern Tier year-long program aims to find creative, meaningful ways to connect with people who have memory loss as well as their care partners, according to the project's website.

The website explains that meaningful engagement through art and creative writing can help with anxiety, depression and apathy, which are symptoms associated with memory loss. In addition, expressing oneself can increase confidence and the quality of a person's life.

Christina Muscatello, co-founder and director of the Memory Maker Project, explained the importance of this creative engagement in regard to memory loss.

"The arts are so important for bringing people out of their shells, it's true from everybody across the board, across the ages," Muscatello said. "But it's especially true for people with memory loss because it really helps them to connect with other people sometimes when they're not able to in other ways. And we find that so much with the actual process of making the art and then also today, when everybody's getting to show off to their families and friends."