Amanda Harmer, the museum's education and community outreach coordinator, said the next event for dementia patients is set for Oct. 14.
Wackerly said he would bring his wife again.
“As long as she's able, I'd love to bring her,” Wackerly said. “It's a needed respite.”
Engaging the brain
Harmer said people with dementia often feel isolated, as do their caregivers.
“Talking about art can help with communication and engage the brain,” Harmer said.
“Studies show it can help improve mood, and it is a great opportunity to socialize with people going through similar experiences.”
Carla Scull, Touchmark life enrichment director, brought three residents from the memory care center.
“They do such a good job here, taking such good care of them,” Scull said.
Scull said it makes their day special and it gives them something to do.
The art project Harmer chose for participants involved recreating some of Ritts' photographs.
Emily Gardner, who has an art background, enjoyed sipping lemonade while working on her project.
Peggy Morrison fancied Ritts' photo of Matthew McConaughey and gladly chose to work on a project featuring the actor's image.
After a couple of accidents involving spilled ink, she enthusiastically held up her piece of finished art, grinning and blushing.
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