The Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona has created the Alzheimer’s CCCB project, a stable initiative by the Museum Educational Department dedicated to people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
The Centre doesn’t have a specific program about accessibility, after discovering the MOMA program; we have decided to dedicate the effort in this collective. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of senile dementia in Europe.
The aim of the program is to offer to patients and their caregivers a cultural visit where they could spend more time together with an activity that is pleasant and helpful at the same time. The visits and the contact with art, give the patients the opportunity to express themselves, recalling personal memories and be a component of a group.
The project consists of a visit to temporary exhibitions. A small group of 15 persons, six or eight patients, in the early stage 1 or 2, (light or moderate) with their family or caregivers.
The project was born in October 2010, created by the museum team, in this case three volunteers from different departments. Trained in several meetings, subsequently by a seminar from Ms. Rosenberg working for the program “Meet me at MOMA”, New York.
We have personalized the program to the CCCB, making adjustments to both the needs of the patients and the conditions of the museum. Organizing the logistics aspects, scheduling the visits, preparing the visit. On Monday when the Centre is closed, from 11.30 to 12.30 and creating a communication strategy.
The first Partner was AFAB, (Association of Family members of Alzheimer’s patients), who could help us understand the project and selecting the patients and bringing them to the Centre.
Teresa Pérez, Mònica Muñoz and Lluís Sangermán
Workers of the CCCB
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona