Morning Pointe Residents Get Creative, Make Friends with Alabama Students
Art is a universal language. People of all ages, cultures, and levels of ability can make and appreciate art, and many use art as means to better understand one another. This is certainly the case at Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa (AL), where several residents and students from the University of Alabama have been able to bond as part of an “Art to Life” course taught by the university’s honors college.
According to the University of Alabama’s website, “[t]he purpose of the [‘Art to Life’] course is to improve quality of life for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their families/caregivers through art therapy and life story preservation, to teach students about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, person-centered care and the development of empathy for those with cognitive impairment […], and to promote intergenerational relationship building through this novel service learning model.”
Qunisha Sanders, the Lantern Program Director at Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa explained how the ‘Art to Life’ class has positively impacted the residents of Morning Pointe’s Lantern memory care wing: “Once a week, a student will come in and do different one-one-one art activities with the residents for one hour,” she said. The course has not only allowed the residents to express their creativity and participate in art therapy—it has allowed them to engage in crucial intergenerational interactions with the students.
The majority of Morning Pointe communities include spaces dedicated to creating art. Residents can initiate a project on their own, join in on instructive sessions, or watch local artists at work. Art is a recognized form of therapy, no matter a person’s level or ability, and often, these projects are on display in the community.
For more information on the specialty programs offered at Morning Pointe and The Lantern at Morning Pointe communities, visit https://morningpointe.com/specialty-programs/.