Making Memories to help recover memories

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Age-related memory loss shouldn’t be a barrier to living a full, productive life, and that includes enjoying the richness of the arts.

The arts have proven to be therapeutic in helping people with memory loss, helping them to evoke important sensory memories.

The Gold Coast Arts Center’s Making Memories program provides those with memory loss the opportunity to socialize and engage in arts-related discussions in a safe and welcoming environment.

Making Memories is led by Marcy Rhodes, a certified special education teacher and licensed master social worker, who works with neurologically impaired patients. She believes that the arts help to stimulate the mind, while creating a relaxing environment.

And for caregivers, Making Memories provides a respite from daily caregiving, and offers them a change of environment, while allowing their patients to socialize, and rekindle memories.

The Gold Coast Arts Center’s Making Memories programs will take place on Monday, Oct. 2, Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Monday, Dec. 4 at 11:30 a.m.

The Gold Coast Arts Center is located at 113 Middle Neck Rd. in Great Neck.

The first two programs, both entitled Making Memories at the Movies, feature clips of classic films, followed by guided conversation and reminiscences.

The third program, Making Memories with Music (Holiday Special), includes live musical performances, with brief introductions that place them within a historical and social context.

Making Memories programs have had great success in Suffolk County, since their launch in 2015,” says Lauren Wagner, director of marketing and development, Gold Coast Arts Center.  “We are proud to present them here for the benefit and enjoyment of patients and their caregivers.”

Each program costs $5 per person, and includes light refreshments (guests are encouraged to bring lunch, however).

RSVPs are required: Please call 516-829-2570 to reserve your spots.

Making Memories is sponsored by The Bristal at Lake Success, Senior Helpers, the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, and The Allergan Foundation.

For more information, please call 516-829-2570. or visit www.goldcoastarts.org.

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