I AM was created in thought one day when residents of a memory care area were asked questions regarding themselves and others starting with "I am_". They spoke with eloquence, thoughtfulness, and kindness about themselves and others, never once mentioning a diagnosis. Our entry will be art that is ability and interest focused for adults with dementia, providing the community with education and knowledge that persons with dementia have remaining abilities and are able to live out their interests when provided thoughtful support. Through, resident interest surveys, we identified that our residents love planting flowers, so we will create raised flower beds in the shape of "I AM __". Our residents would add soil and flowers in the raised beds. We would then allow our residents and community members to "fill the blank" with their own identities, letting it be known that people are far greater than their diagnosis, they are "moms, forgivers, overcomers etc.".
- Art form: Installation
- Depth: 6 feet
- Medium: wood, flowers, soil
- Width: Approx. 15 feet
- Year created: 2021
- Height: Approx. 3.5 feet
About Samaritas Memory Care Household
Our team is comprised of residents with a diagnosis of dementia and our staff. Proper dementia care focuses on abilities and interests of those of with a diagnosis of dementia and then staff set up the environment correctly to create a safe and engaging space. This is a team effort with the goal of providing knowledge and support to our GR community.