Working with Opening Minds through Art for the past two years has given me hope for a better future for Alzheimer’s patients, one where they’re understood and appreciated for who they are. For two hours every Thursday morning, OMA provides elders with the opportunity to express themselves without judgement, the ability to communicate with students eager to listen and the means to create a piece of art that will continually remind them that they’re capable of much more than they think. This has taught me to see beyond people’s cognitive disabilities and focus on their many capabilities, a lesson I will cherish forever.
I didn’t wipe the glitter off my face that day; in fact, I rarely ever do. Each speck of glitter is a reminder that someone with dementia had the rare opportunity to shine. Now, every time I see a tiny sparkle from a speck of glitter, I gain appreciation for my grandmother’s strength through her disease and a renewed sense of optimism for the future of Alzheimer’s care. Today, hope sparkles everywhere I look.
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Kenna, I love the glitter symbolism that you used in this essay. May you continue to leave a little sparkle everywhere you go. We need more physicians with this kind of sensibility. Thank you for your continued leadership in OMA.