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Relocating Memories Through Art at Assisted Living and Local Memory Care Community

SAN FRANCISCO–Residents at AlmaVia of San Francisco, a local assisted living and memory care community, are raising money.

For months they’ve been picking up paintbrushes and palettes creating art for their “Glorious Memories Art Show & Auction” which took place Nov. 16 benefitting Memory Care programming.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and 20 works of art on display were all created by those who are living with some form of the disease within the memory care community. Artists also attended the event.

Art classes take place once a week. This gives the residents an opportunity to express themselves through watercolor painting, drawing and other forms of art. Some of the art can bring back memories for the residents, including one who was reminded of home when painting a house.

Studies show that programs like this art class could have a wide range of benefits for those suffering from dementia, including improvement in memory and social interactions among seniors.

Part of the five-community network operated by the non-profit Elder Care Alliance and nestled near Lake Merced, AlmaVia of San Francisco is a picturesque, pet-friendly community offering spacious apartments and amenities that keep seniors active, engaged and loving life. Residents are encouraged to take part in intergenerational activities at the nearby church or school, and also to take advantage of all available services, each one grounded in AlmaVia’s belief in nurturing the body, mind and spirit through a holistic approach to wellness.