Stony Brook, NY, October 17, 2018
In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and Family Caregivers Month® in November, the Long Island Museum (LIM) is honored to serve as a showcase for Through Our Eyes from November 15 through December 2, 2018 in the Carriage Museum’s Gillespie Room. This unique exhibition features works created by residents from the Vincent Bove Health Center at Jefferson’s Ferry, selected by their staff with guidance from the LIM staff. Photographic portraits and artist statements will be presented beside each piece to provide a richer context and a deeper connection with both the art and the artist.
Through Our Eyes is an annual exhibition and an extension of the museum’s In the Moment program, a gallery program of art engagement for people with memory loss and their care partners.
According to Lorrie Prescott, Director of Recreation at The Vincent Bove Health Center, “Art not only offers people an outlet to express themselves through memory and imagination, it also allows for expression that was not closed off as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease and memory loss…Each person’s experience is unique and personal, but the effect that art has on them is truly amazing.”
“Observing art created by individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia is truly a gift. The person’s diagnosis is no longer the focus rather, it is the art that becomes the expression of their unique identity.”– Darlene Jyringi, MPS, Former Program Director Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of Long Island.
Through Our Eyes is underwritten by a generous grant from The Knapp/Swezey Foundation, Inc. and sponsored by Burner Law Group, P.C. It is a unique collaboration between the Long Island Museum and Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences.
In the Moment, developed with the nationally recognized Meet Me at MoMA program in New York City and the Alzheimer’s disease Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center, is led by trained museum educators. Programs take place in the Carriage and Art Museums and offer opportunities for mental stimulation and social engagement. Participants are able to connect with the artwork on display, gain a sense of importance, and share and relay memories, unique experiences for many of the participants, who “rarely speak otherwise” according to one care partner. Piloted in 2011, the program has served more than 1000 participants.
About The Vincent Bove Health Center at Jefferson’s Ferry
Jefferson’s Ferry is a not-for-profit Life Plan community for active adults age 62 and above, with cottages, apartments which, in addition, offers assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care in its 5 star rated Vincent Bove Health Center. Voted Best Assisted Living 4 years in a row by Long Islanders, Jefferson’s Ferry is surrounded by various attractions, shopping, beaches, theaters, and a world-renowned university. Jefferson’s Ferry offers exceptional living and amenities, including restaurants, fitness center, indoor pool, computer center, library, recreational areas, gardens, and gazebos. The community has also been the recipient of multiple Healthcare Hero Awards and has been regularly recognized by HIA-LI for Outstanding Achievement in Business.
About the Long Island Museum
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate, dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. The museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5. Regular admission is $10 per person, $7 for seniors and $5 for students ages six to 17. Children under six and museum members are free. For information about other exhibitions and programs please call 631-751-0066 or visit www.longislandmuseum.org.