App for Older Adults with Cognitive Disabilities

The Art in the Moment app, developed by SchwarTech Consulting LLC with funding from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, uses selected works of art found in The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection to stimulate users’ minds through posed questions (audibly and visually) while viewing works of art on the device, and even encourages users to engage in a related art-making activity on their own.

The act of observing, talking about and creating art is an alternative way for older adults with dementia to communicate and reflect on their life experiences, and to be actively and fully engaged in the present moment with loved ones and caregivers. Based on The Museum of Modern Art’s Alzheimer’s Project, Meet Me at MoMA, Art in the Moment is a unique CJE program designed specifically for older adults with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers to spark creative dialogue and nurture positive interactions.

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