The Power of Art on Memory at JAA

The Jewish Association on Aging announces the unveiling of the Opening Minds Through Art exhibit. Through this program, residents in JAA’s memory care communities are encouraged to create their own artistic masterpieces.

The exhibit’s grand opening was held on December 4 where artists, their families, volunteers from Carlow University, and community members were all in attendance to view this special art exhibition.

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is a Scripps intergenerational art program for people living with dementia that promotes social engagement, autonomy, and dignity through the experience of creative self-expression.

OMA pairs each resident artist with his or her own volunteer, and together they meet weekly to create beautiful works of art. This allows both participants to form an emotional connection which helps break down cognitive and age-related barriers.


One research study concluded that in comparison to other activities, OMA showed the highest well-being scores among people with dementia.


In another study, it was determined that OMA creates many opportunities for people with dementia to “express behaviors of well-being” such as social interest, engagement, and pleasure.


JAA’s artists come from AHAVA Memory Care Residence, Allderdice Neighborhood at Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehab Center, The Arbor at Weinberg Village, and Anathan Club Adult Day Service.

The gallery is located in Charles Morris outside of the gift shop. It is free to the public and will be open indefinitely.

JAA’s Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is located at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Call 412-420-4000 for more details.

Toni is a memory care resident of Charles Morris Nursing and Rehab Center. Here JAA’s activities staffer Sara Henry shows Toni the artwork she created at the gallery of the “Opening Minds Through Art” exhibition.


Opening Minds Through Art gallery paintings made by JAA memory care residents, on display at JAA and open to the public.

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