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Do not go gentle into that good night,
... Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

— Dylan Thomas

Click this link to join Ruth at her current Blog about Alzheimer's and art therapy:

ArtfulLives

Why? Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia currently affects an estimated 24 million people worldwide*. You very likely know or know of someone in your own neighbourhood who is a sufferer. You may be looking for ways to care for them, or may simply want to know how to relate to someone with whom you cannot hold a meaningful conversation. If there is a history of this type of illness in your own family, you may be concerned that you too could be affected.

The most important thing to remember is that Alzheimer's sufferers never cease to be people, human beings. Like you, they crave love, affection and acceptance, as well as the pride and satisfaction that come from creating things that leave a positive mark on the world. In each moment, they need these experiences, even if they cannot remember the previous moment. Their condition teaches us all to seize the day, seize every moment, and to "rage against the dying of the light" by actively and creatively affirming the human spirit in those we care for and in ourselves.

 

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All images are from When Words Have Lost Their Meaning: Alzheimer's Patients Communicate through Art by Ruth
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