view article on DukeToday | Published February 14, 2018
[My mother] absolutely loved our outing to the Nasher last month, saying how it made her feel so stimulated. I would say it made her feel more of this world in a dignified, respected way. What a fabulous program. Thank you for offering it, and I will be sure to spread the word to others I know.Visitor to the Reflections 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. In April of 2017, Reflections tours were opened to the general public. These public tours are now held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and individuals in early and mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease are invited to participate.
Between July 2014 and June 2018, over 2,000 individuals with dementia and their care partners toured the Nasher Museum with the Reflections Program. One hundred and fifty five tours were led by thirteen Gallery Guides (seven 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 hit a new milestone as tours were opened to the public, not only visitors with organized groups.
On a bright spring day, nurse practitioner Dakar Howell and physical therapist Lauren Waits met with a group of eight eager tour guides in a back room of Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. They weren’t preparing for j...
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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, and the Carlyle Adams Foundation.
In June 2017, the Nasher Museum hosted the first Museums and Dementia Symposium for more than 70 museum professionals from 23 states and three countries. The symposium shared best practices in programming for visitors with...
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to triple by 2050. The memory disorder also is the only disease of the top 10 deadliest without a cure, way to prevent it or ...
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From a young age, I knew my grandparents loved the arts. I remember attending theater and orchestra performances with them in our small Florida town. I remember my grandfather enrolling in a world art and architecture cour...
view article on Durham Magazine | Published January 13, 2018
We had an amazing tour of "Reflections," which provides art therapy through free museum tours to individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, and their caregivers and families.
view article on ABC-11: Caregiver's Corner | Published June 24, 2018