Wanting to create more art therapy opportunities for the residents of The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton (TN), Lantern Program Director Sarah Smith reached out to Roane State Community College art professor Holly Senter and asked if she had students who would be interested in leading a craft with the memory care community’s residents. Senter loved the idea and gave students the opportunity to lead a craft at The Lantern as an honors project. After researching crafts appropriate for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia, Roane State art student Lejla Nukic and her friend Gabby McCarty lead an art project at The Lantern, helping the residents create trees with buttons.
“The girls were so helpful and patient, and our residents loved the craft!” says Sarah Smith, the Lantern Program Director at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton. “Here at The Lantern, we strive to incorporate art therapy opportunities for our residents whenever possible, as research consistently shows that engaging in creative activities can increase the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.”
According to Smith, the collaboration between The Lantern and Roane State is far from over. “More Roane State students are booked to lead a craft in the future. We are so excited to continue working with them!” she says.
To learn more about the variety of activities offered at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Lenoir City as part of the life enrichment and wellness program, visit www.morningpointe.com.
Photo Caption: The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton resident Nancy Alley displays the artwork she created as part of the activity led by Roane State art student Lejla Nukic while volunteer Gabby McCarty and resident Dot Rutherford work in the background.