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May 8, 2012 9:30 AM by Jennifer Horbelt

Your Healthy Family: Local art program helping Alzheimer's patients

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- There's no cure for Alzheimer's, but a local art program is helping improve quality of life for patients in a very colorful way.

They're putting brushes to paper at Emeritus Senior Living on N. Academy in Colorado Springs.

The art class, headed by Cindy Baum. meets every week. Resident paint a variety of things, including memories.

Barbara Caudle, Regional Director for the Alzheimer's Association, says it's not therapy, but the classes are therapeutic. Painting gives these patients a voice.

"Many of then aren't really even able to speak well anymore, but they are able to paint memories and share stories from their lives," Caudle said.

Some of the pieces are so good, they sell for hundreds to thousands of dollars. Every year, the Alzheimer's Association holds the Memories in the Making Art Auction. The 14th annual event is Friday May 11 at the Cheyenne Conference Resort in Colorado Springs. KOAA's own Adam Atchison will emcee this event.

For more information on the art auction, click here.

For more information on the Alzheimer's Association, click here.

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