REFLECTIONS: Alzheimer’s Program
Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Program provides engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, their families, and their care partners. Reflections tours include guided discussions through the galleries, as well as live musical performances or hands-on art experiences. These special tours offer people who live with memory loss and their families the opportunity to enjoy art in the moment and to engage with the current exhibitions using multiple senses. Tours are inspired by the Meet Me at MoMA model.
It can be difficult for individuals with Alzheimer’s to find welcoming communities where they can engage and socialize without the fear of judgement or the stress of a strange situation. Programs like Reflections offer spaces where individuals with dementia can comfortably discuss new ideas and enjoy spending time with others.
The Reflections Program began in 2014, with Nasher Museum educators offering tours in partnership with the Duke Family Support Program. Tours were specifically designed for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Reflections tours expanded in the summer of 2015 to include individuals with mid- and late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Beginning in April of 2017, Reflections tours will be offered to the general public on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Individuals in early- and mid- stages of Alzheimer’s disease are invited to join these tours.
Read a recent article about Reflections in The Duke Chronicle.
Watch a recent program about Reflections on WNCN-TV in Raleigh.
Read a recent story about Reflections in Duke Today.
SCHEDULE A REFLECTIONS TOUR
GROUP TOURS: Group Reflections tours are available on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. There is no fee for these tours. Reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-684-8816 to book a tour
PUBLIC TOURS: Beginning April 25th, Reflections tours will be available to the general public on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Individuals with Alzheimer’s and their care partners who are not visiting in a group may reserve a spot on these public tours. Reservations must be made at least a week in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at email@example.com or register online to book a public Reflections tour.
2017 Alzheimer’s & Dementia Museum Programs Symposium
June 7-9, 2017
Hosted in Durham, NC by the Nasher Museum of Art, this symposium is intended for museum professionals with current dementia programs. Participants will learn from experts, share practices, and plan for the future. Museum staff considering starting a memory loss program are also welcome to apply.
FREE! The symposium is free, or partially funded, depending on organizational need. Travel reimbursement is available thanks to the generous support of the Carlyle Adams Foundation.
Questions? Email Jessica Kay Ruhle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above, watch a short documentary film about two families who are regulars on the “Look and Lunch” tours for visitors with Alzheimer’s. Kati Henderson, a Gallery Guide and former Duke graduate student, created this video for a class at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.
REFLECTIONS: BY THE NUMBERS
Between November 2014 and December 2016, 1020 individuals with dementia and their care partners toured the Nasher Museum with the Reflections Program. Eighty-five tours were led by eleven Gallery Guides (five community members and six Duke undergraduate, graduate, or medical students). By 2016, the Nasher established close partnerships with Duke Family Support Services and Eno Pointe Assisted Living.
In April of 2017, the Reflections Program will hit a new milestone as tours are opened to the general public, not only visitors with organized groups.
Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Program is made possible by Stefanie and Doug Kahn in honor of their fathers, Donald Schneider and Mike Kahn; the Carlyle Adams Foundation; and Chrissey Hunt.