The public is invited to attend the opening reception of Café Expressions, an art show featuring work created by people with early Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The opening reception is January 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at North St. Cabaret in Madison. The exhibit is hosted by the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (ADAW). Tuesday night is Jazz night at North St. Cabaret - attend the art reception and stay for jazz!
The exhibit features artwork created by people who have attended ADAW Memory Cafés and their caregivers. Memory Cafés are gathering place for people living with mild cognitive impairment or other dementias. A dementia diagnosis often leads to social isolation, but Memory Cafés provide an outlet to socialize with others in a similar situation.
Medical research has shown creative expression such as art and music can help reduce stress in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Creative expression is a powerful tool for giving people with memory loss an avenue for communicating, even when words or memories may fail.
“Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can steal some of our personalities, but it can’t take away a person’s innate creativity,” said Noreen Kralapp, Dane County Dementia Outreach Specialist for ADAW.