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Expressions Deeply Moving

February 10th, 2016

Throughout January, Points West Living communities took up paint brushes and pens to explore how Alzheimer’s has affected their lives. Some who contributed are personally living with dementia, and others are friends, fellow residents, family members and care partners. 

...didn't expect to be touched so deeply

“I expected this activity would get communities involved in Alzheimer’s Awareness month,” says Stephanie Miller, PWL’s lead on Alzheimer’s Care, “But I didn’t expect to be touched so deeply by this challenge. Everything from poetry, to painting, and abstract art was deep and meaningful. It was raw and unedited yet colorful and expressive!"

“I heard from various communities how this activity gave everyone involved the opportunity to connect, one on one, in a way that we don’t often take the time to do,” she adds. “If anything the Express Yourself challenge has awakened our communities to allow individuals to truly express themselves without judgment.”

Made to be shared

Their work was created to be shared, and most of it is still displayed on walls throughout our communities. You can enjoy the collective efforts on our PWL Flickr photo feed.

Photo: Lois Shreenan, from Blue cottage at PWL Lloydminster loved doing the Express Yourself activity and was encouraging her friends to join in. According to recreation coordinator Sarah Walker, Lois is always happy and singing, and often plays piano for singalongs.

More photos at Flickr: Expressions Deeply Moving

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