While there is still much that is unclear about Alzheimer’s and dementia, we are beginning to understand ways to better communicate with people experiencing memory loss. Arts therapy can be a powerful tool for communication and increasing quality of life.

As people progress through Alzheimer’s disease, they lose the ability to both form and recall short-term memories. However, they often still have access to long-term memories imprinted deeply in the brain. People with Alzheimer’s have an easier time remembering early life than more recent memories. This finding brings important questions to light about the experience of dementia patients and the nature of memory itself.

Kathleen Kinlin was born and raised in New Braunfels and spent time volunteering in Senior Care Communities. She now works at and produces educational content for a medical clinic in Chicago.

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