ATHENS, Tenn. — For the second year, Morning Pointe of Athens partnered with the McMinn County Senior Activity Center to help local seniors explore self-expression through art. Thanks to a grant by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the program provides arts access to people ages 65 and older to help them maintain active lifestyles.

The event was led by Julie Jack, art professor at Tennessee Wesleyan University, who helped participants use art to promote cognitive recall. The project involved the creation of collages from a personal tray of selected photos, textures, and colors.

“Creative projects have been shown to keep the mind active, which helps to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia,” says Shelby Wilson, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe of Athens. “We are honored to be a part of this great project, which helps provide cognitive stimulation for our residents and seniors in the Athens community.”

Morning Pointe partners with local organizations to offer engaging activities that encourage creativity and socialization as part of the life enrichment program.

Photo: Louise Hughes, Morning Pointe of Athens resident, shows off her finished art project collage during the McMin County Senior Activity Center’s art event.

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