Transportation for Seniors Can Ease Driving Transition
How Kids Cope with Alzheimer's in Grandparents

“PhotoVoice Project” Unique Way to Ease Stigma of Dementia

Dear Minding Our Elders Readers: This project is so unique and, to me has such promise, that I want to give it national attention through posting the press release. I'm hoping other dementia support programs will follow suit. - Carol

Compass on the Bay and Standish Village Showcase the “PhotoVoice Project” A unique, inspiring photography exhibit featuring the works of individuals living with memory loss

October 2012 (Boston, MA)Compass on the Bay Memory Support Assisted Living in South Boston and Standish Village Assisted Living of Dorchester announce the opening of The PhotoVoice Project, a distinctive exhibit featuring the photographs and writing of older adults living with memory loss.

The Opening Reception for the exhibit is Monday, November 5, 2012 from 3:00-6:00pm at the South Boston Library, 646 E. Broadway, South Boston. The public is invited to attend to view the works and will have an opportunity to meet the artists. The exhibit will be up through the end of the month.

The PhotoVoice Project was developed by several researchers at the University of Michigan to enable individuals with disabilities to identify, represent and articulate aspects of their lives by working with cameras to capture images of interest and then giving meaning to those images through words.

Senior Living Residences, the Boston-based company which owns both Compass on the Bay and Standish Village, is the first assisted living company in the United States to adapt this program for individuals living with different types of dementia. Exhibiting the work at the end of the six-week project in a public space creates a forum for dialogue, awareness and solidarity with individuals living with memory loss who are often isolated and misunderstood by society.

According to Tadd Clelland, a principal of Senior Living Residences, “We are moved by the warm reception from the South Boston Library and excited about the ways in which the PhotoVoice Project is positively affecting individuals living with memory loss. This unique project increases engagement, improves mood, and offers our residents a pathway to tap into emotional memory and the rich history and identity of their lives. Exhibiting their work allows the general public to move beyond the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease to see the person who is still there, who still has so much to offer.”

He added, “The enormous positive impact of this program on the lives of individuals living in Senior Living Residences’ communities is reflected in the words of a woman at our Hopkinton community who said, ‘Thank you for bringing the world back to me.’

Compass Memory Support programming treats the symptoms of memory loss. Through an affiliation with Boston University School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Compass puts research into action through social engagement, lifelong learning, physical fitness, the arts, and an award-winning Brain Healthy Cooking Program. Clelland said, “We believe individuals with memory loss should have the fullest possible sense of control over their daily lives, continue to learn, enjoy personal relationships, play a role in their own care, and live meaningful lives. The PhotoVoice Project is one way we achieve these goals.”

Compass on the Bay is located at 1380 Columbia Road, Boston MA.  Standish Village is located at 1190 Adams Street, Boston MA. Visit or or call 617.268.5450.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The comments to this entry are closed.