This month marks the national Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month. Over the last year I've had the pleasure of partnering with Yolo Hospice to create some amazing photos and videos about their Music and Memory events, advanced care planning, and other mental health focused work.Read More
I've had the opportunity to create imagery for several faith-based and health organizations. As a teen traveling to the Dominican Republic, sometimes these health clinics were at the end of the road, beyond civil society. More recently, images in Cuba and the United States have been captured. Here are a few images of those who have been served and those who have served them.
Easing Memory Loss
I recently had the opportunity to partner up with Yolo Hospice, the Davis Senior Center and Comfort Keepers to have a showing of the documentary, "Alive Inside." The story of the film centers around how the Music & Memory program can help people with advanced dementia access memories long dormant. Yolo Hospice is a certified Music & Memory program facilitator.
Later Barbara Nicholas, a dance teacher, showed participants how to do the basics of ballroom dancing. A recent 21 year long study of the relationship between leisure activities and risk of dementia published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that dancing had the strongest impact on decreasing subjects' likelihood of developing dementia. It reduced dementia risk by 76 percent, the highest of the activities studied.