“Creating Collages with Elders Living with Dementia: the Possibilities & Benefits are Endless”

August 21, 2017

By Sue S. Wilson, LMSW, CADDCT, CDP

Making a collage involves choosing images, shapes, and ‘bits and pieces’, then arranging them, and gluing them onto a surface. Collages can be wildly complicated, beautifully simple, or anywhere in between. It’s the opportunities to make choices, express preferences and feelings, and create that empowers an individual and gives them voice.

Over time, brain changes caused by Alzheimer’s and other dementias diminish language abilities making it progressively harder to engage with others. It becomes more difficult to understand the spoken words of others and to verbally express personal preferences, needs, thoughts and feelings.

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