SPARK! is a fantastic local program for caregivers and loved ones suffering from beginning to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The program features interactive exhibit experiences in a welcoming environment.
How these programs help someone with memory loss
Specially trained Museum educators engage participants in lively discussions, object handling and other multi-sensory activities. There are ten Milwaukee-area museums participating in the SPARK! Program:
- Milwaukee Public Museum
- Milwaukee County Historical Society
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau
- Racine Art Museum
- Racine Art Museum and Wustum Museum
- John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- Minnesota Marine Art Museum
- Madison Children’s Museum
- Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend
Benefits of the SPARK! program
Those with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia benefit so much from the exposure to the arts and the socialization activities. Since the program’s educators have experience working with individuals who have dementia, they understand the challenges some people may have in a new environment and are ready to assist every attendee.
How SPARK! can help caregivers
Taking someone with dementia to unfamiliar places can be daunting to caregivers. This program allows families to try new experiences in a supporting environment. One potential outcome of participation is that caregivers regain confidence that they can explore other activities.
It is so important that individuals with early and mid-stage dementia stay active and engaged as much as possible. Important for their caregivers, too, as they can become isolated.
Other tools to help someone with memory loss
Reality orientation and validation therapy are tools to help us respond to confusion brought on by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in a positive and beneficial way. Learn more about reality orientation therapy versus validation therapy.