Art Helps Evoke Memory for Those with Alzheimer's

July 29, 2010

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A painting by Hilda Gorenstein.

Alzheimer's disease is approaching epidemic proportions in the United States. So far most drugs and therapies just stall patients' inevitable decline. But researchers are also looking for ways to help people with the disease reconnect with a world that's slipping away. And they may be finding some answers using the creative arts. For renowned Chicago painter Hilda Gorenstein, making art brought back meaning and dignity to the last years of her life. Her daughter Berna Huebner co-produced a documentary film about her mother and this emerging research, called  I Remember Better When I Paint.

I Remember Better When I Paint will be screened this Friday at the Skokie campus of National Louis University. DVDs of the film are available on Amazon.com.

Music Button: Joel Styzens, "It Was", from the CD Relax Your Ears, (a-sharp records)