'It feels like we're family': Students and seniors with dementia find common ground in art

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Sitting among tables filled with paints, palettes and crinkled paper soaked in the efforts of their brushes, seniors living with dementia seem somewhat content with the art they create every week at Clifton Manor Continuing Care Centre.
But the youths who sit down with them, connect with them and guide them as part of the Opening Minds Through Art program bring them a joy that is unrivalled.
“She’s like my second grandma actually,” says Justice Moore, a Grade 12 student at Jack James High School in Forest Lawn.
“I just like coming here and being with Justice.”The Calgary Board of Education is partnering with the Brenda Stafford Foundation through the intergenerational art program, which brings students together with adults living with dementia and other neuro-cognitive disorders.
Pam Blake, off-campus co-ordinator with the school, says the program is perfect for students at Jack James — a unique high school for students with behavioural challenges, family origin issues, and learning disabilities.
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