Art programs for people living with dementia have existed for years in museums and art institutions around the world, including at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Studio Museum in Harlem. While there’s a is a growing recognition among researchers that art programs have the ability to improve quality of life for people living with dementia, few are the studies that have tested the cognitive and physiological impact of these initiatives. But now, a medical study based on saliva samples collected from participants in a program at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra found concrete evidence of visual art’s ability to ease symptoms of dementia.
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