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Arts Stimulation is Making a Difference for
the Chronologically Gifted During Pandemic
“Adding beauty in a world for others to
enjoy means even more for those that are
chronologically gifted, who are on the cusp
of cognitive decline. And, it’s our job to see
if we can make a difference in that way,”
as noted cognitive care educator, Lauren
Mahakian, believes whole-heatedly.
In response to this belief, Mahakian is
spearheading her innovative Live Love Art
What’s Art Got To Do With It?: Everything for Chronologically
Gifted with Cognitive Impairment.
program, which launches on July 7, 2020 in
Southern California at the Mary & Joseph
Retreat Center in Palos Verdes and is targeted
at favorable arts intervention of cognitive
decline and/or preventing its exacerbation.
This type of arts-driven approach has versions
worldwide and most noted museums,
hubs for the arts, have, for many years,
opened their arts portals for seniors and the
cognitively challenged. One most noted is
at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),
with its “Meet Me at MOMA.” Mahakian’s
Live Love Art involves a similar philosophy
in celebrating people’s gifts and talents,
who otherwise might feel their best days
were behind them. Live Love Art informs
participants to live in the moment of now.
Targeted at seniors and most even, those
cognitively challenged, it has been proven,
that people remember better when they are
immersing themselves in the arts.
Live Love Art, a program incorporating
stimuli, an approach created and trademarked
by Mahkian is grounded on the benefits offered
by the arts; a program fully embracing
painting, poetry, literature, music, movement
and classic film and involving participants on
all levels with the intention to foster healing
With added stressors we are now coping
with as relates to the historic pandemic and
an ever-changing new world, cognition can
decline and existing cognitive impairment can
be exacerbated. Live Love Art is meant to
provide personal arts moments to celebrate
the arts and in the process of it all, just may
serve to stave off further health declines.
Mahakian believes, “Why not, in the middle
of a crazy and chaotic world where the
chronologically gifted are not at the top of
the list and furthermore have been earmarked
as the most vulnerable - it’s time for us to
offer a platform for them to celebrate who
Live Love Art is an 8-week program,
meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10
am – 2 pm and early registration is required
due to limited enrollment. Program Features
Include: Wellness Distancing of 6 feet; Lunch;
Certified Dementia Specialist-led activities;
Special Accommodation such as handicap
accessibility; food request; incontinence,
etc. are available.
To register, please call Lauren at (310) 383-1877
or at firstname.lastname@example.org. •
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During Times Of Crisis
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