Hamilton is becoming well known for its health sector and the ever growing art scene, and now a new partnership is combining the two.
Artful Moments is a pilot project launched by St. Peter’s Hospital and the Art Gallery of Hamilton which aims to provide art as therapy to patients with late stage dementia.
While dementia can cause significant cognitive and physical impairments, the program allows patients to use their remaining abilities to express themselves through tours, conversations and hands on creative art.
AGH Educator, Laurie Kilgour-Walsh says the program isn’t about care or learning a new skill, but about creating an enjoyable moment for the patient and at the same time, creating a lasting moment and memory for their loved one.
The hope of Kilgour-Walsh and all of those behind the project, is to see it expanded and offered to other patients in long term care, retirement homes or those still living at home with the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia affects about 500, 000 Canadians; there are over 12, 000 people living with the disease in Hamilton and Halton.