The following post is written by Rachel, a current student in Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts. Rachel reflects on the impact of the art sessions and working with the Coffeehouse Club members, one of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center Mild Memory Loss Programs. ~Anne Mondro, Professor of Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts
Living in the moment: that is a value I believe working with Coffeehouse club members has helped me build. I show up at Silver Club, maybe a little late, maybe a little tired, but worries about school and friends seem to slip away when the members walk into the room with their smiles and enthusiastic energy. We gather together to share stories, laughter, and craft. I see the interaction as a healing therapy for both student and member as we work together and enjoy the morning. I have seen little more things in my lifetime that are more beautiful than the club members sharing their wisdom or expressing their sense of accomplishment after creating these many projects. My club member and I worked on making a kite. Hopefully it is going to fly, but if it doesn’t it’s just as valuable because of what we took from the process of working together to create it, both teaching and learning from one another to accomplish our goal.