Alzheimer's art exhibit

A Los Angeles senior center is merging artistic endeavors with Alzheimer's care at a special exhibit set to open this Friday for one day only.

The Burbank Senior Artists Colony will hold the Hope, Esperanza and Mitzvah exhibit with art made by Alzheimer's patients through a special program, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dr Arnold Bresky, a preventative gerontologist, has used music and art in an initiative to help slow the progression of the disease, according to the article.

Alzheimer's art exhibit

"The brain works from numbers and patterns. Art does that. I use the Michelangelo grid system, and we start from the basics. These people have no art training," said Bresky.

Art therapy isn't something new and has been shown to help as a form of Alzheimer's care. In some instances, painting has helped bring out memories in patients, while others have experienced a better connection to the world.

While there is no cure for the debilitating disease, studies have shown stimulating cognitive function in the brain may be beneficial for Alzheimer's patients.

An estimated 5.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2030, it's estimated the number of individuals age 65 and older with the disease will reach 7.7 million.

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