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Art in the Moment

To download and find more information about the Art in the Moment application for the iPad,

click here.

Updates will also be announced via Art in the Moment’s social media channels:

Facebook and

Twitter.

A new iPad application produced by CJE SeniorLife and The Chicago Art Institute has been designed to help family and friends interact with older loved ones with cognitive disabilities.

Called Art in the Moment, the application is designed to “create opportunities for interaction, encourage conversation and provide constructive ways to engage,” according to CJE SeniorLife.

CJE SeniorLife was developed in 1972 to enhance the lives of older adults and their families through housing, health care, community services, health and wellness education, life enrichment programs and applied research. It runs the Lieberman Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Skokie, among other facilities.

The new iPad application, CJE officials said, was developed with funding from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

“The act of observing, talking about and creating art is an alternative way for older adults with dementia to communicate and reflect on their life experiences, and to be actively and fully engaged in the present moment with loved ones and caregivers,” CJE said in a press release.

Based on The Museum of Modern Art’s Alzheimer’s Project, “Meet Me at MoMA,” Art in the Moment is a unique CJE program designed specifically for older adults with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers to spark creative dialogue and nurture positive interactions. Participants of the local program visit The Art Institute of Chicago museum galleries to view and discuss renowned works of art and then engage in related art-making projects.

Art in the Moment is a unique CJE program designed specifically for older adults with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers to spark creative dialogue and nurture positive interactions. Participants of the local program visit The Art Institute of Chicago museum galleries to view and discuss renowned works of art and then engage in related art-making projects.

The new Art in the Moment App uses selected works of art found in The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection to stimulate users’ minds through posed questions (audibly and visually) while viewing works of art on the device, and even encourages users to engage in a related art-making activity on their own, similar to the actual program held at The Art Institute of Chicago.

In the mobile application of the program, works of art are arranged by themes, or modules, such as “Celebrations,” in which users can explore how various celebrations have been depicted in art — from elaborate festivities to public gatherings to spontaneous, private celebrations.

The idea is to remind viewers of the many opportunities they have to applaud life as they live it. The App launched with the “Celebrations” module, and will continue to release other themes over the next several months, such as “Rhythm and Art,” “Modern Portraits,” “The Wonder Years,” “Jewish Artists,” “American Environment” and “Everyday Extraordinary,” the CJE release said.

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Art in the Moment

To download and find more information about the Art in the Moment application for the iPad,

click here.

Updates will also be announced via Art in the Moment’s social media channels:

Facebook and

Twitter.

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