Event to help patients with dementia use art to open their world

May 21, 2014

"They may struggle to communicate verbally, but this way they can express themselves."

So said Silverado-Brookfield Administrator Pam Bradley, who has an absolute fondness for the benefit that art classes have done for residents with dementia at Silverado-Brookfield and Silverado-Oak Village memory-care communities. But the positives drawn from their abilities will not be limited only to expression.

Silverado-Brookfield, 1105 Davidson Road, will host its first ever Wine & Watercolors Art Auction Thursday. From 4 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments while also participating in silent auctions on 25-35 works of art. Proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

"It's such a wonderful activity. We're very much looking forward to raising money for the Alzheimer's Association," Bradley said.

While the Wine & Watercolors Art Auction may be new to the Brookfield and Oak Village branches, Bradley noted that Silverado Care has done these types of events around the country and seen great success.

"Most recently we did an event in the Chicago-area. It's great for both the artists and for the community," Bradley said. "We are very happy to give back and be able to help in funding research for Alzheimer's."

About two dozen residents at the local care communities have contributed to Thursday's event, many of whom had no art experience prior to their time at Silverado.

"It's such an invaluable way for our residents to express themselves. We've had several families who are shocked and pleased with (their relative's) enjoyment of art," Bradley said.

Bradley notes that the contributing artists span a wide range in terms of the severity of their dementia.

In addition to the work done by the group of residents, the Wine & Watercolors Art Auction will also feature work donated by local artists.

"We're obviously very grateful to the local artists who have donated their work," Bradley said.

Similar auctions at other Silverado communities have generated thousands of dollars in donations.

Bradley hopes Thursday's event will be the first of many of its kind.

"It's really something that we're committed to. We want to take any opportunity to bring awareness and to assist with Alzheimer's," Bradley said.

The Wine & Watercolors Art Auction is free to attend although RSVPs are requested. To RSVP or for more information, call 262-649-2285.

"The auction and art programs bring joy and a feeling of connection to our residents, as well as showing that people with dementia can lead meaningful lives," Bradley said.

What: Wine & Watercolors Art Auction

Where: Silverado Brookfield Memory Care Community, 1105 Davidson Rd.

When: Thursday, May 22, 4 - 7 p.m.


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