Meet Me At The Hilliard: Senior living community partners with Hilliard Museum for Alzheimer’s awareness
LAFAYETTE, L.A. – Local senior living community, The Blake at Lafayette, partnered with the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum for a six-week program entitled ‘Meet Me at The Hilliard’. Spanning from April 2nd to May 7th, the program sought to make art more accessible for residents with dementia. The program was adopted by the Hilliard Museum to be an exclusive experience for The Blake at Lafayette’s residents and included presentations on multisensory functions and visual art.
The ‘Meet Me At’ program was piloted by The Museum of Modern Art in 2007 and has since been brought to museums across the country. The ‘Meet Me at The Hilliard’ program was in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art’s Alzheimer’s Project. The project works to raise awareness and donations for Alzheimer’s by making art accessible to residents in memory care as well as their caregivers.
“One really beautiful and big part of the program was that we had family meet us there for some sessions during the six weeks,” said Anne Orsack, Director of Activities at The Blake at Lafayette.
The program first expanded on the success of the Museum’s education programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. Afterward, the MetLife Foundation made it possible for the program to broaden their reach and be adopted into other museums, assisted-living communities, and various organizations that serve people with dementia and their caregivers.
“It’s one thing to have a wonderful, rich experience for an hour and a half. It’s another thing to take something home with you from this experience that improves your life,” said a testimonial on the Museum of Modern Art’s website.
When the program was adopted by the Hilliard Museum, The Blake at Lafayette partnered with the museum to exclusively offer it in their memory care community. Utilizing various forms of art that appeal to all the different senses, residents enjoyed six weeks of entertainment that additionally provided memory care services.
“We’re incredibly proud to be bringing this opportunity exclusively to our residents and the Lafayette community at large,” said Orsack.
Due to such a successful turnout and with the help of donations, The Blake at Lafayette is looking to partner with the Hilliard Museum again in the fall to bring the program back for their residents in memory care.
About The Blake:
The Blake is a new option in senior living, offering unmatched assisted living and memory care. With locations in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, The Blake blends Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. The staff is professional and always attentive, with an emphasis on hospitality.
For more information on The MoMA Alzheimer’s Project, please visit www.moma.org.
Accompanying Photos By Malika Taylor