On one of the hottest days of the summer, eight residents of our Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care each held one of the hottest tickets in town—a VIP experience at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Their special day included a docent guided tour, drawing activity and stimulating conversations about muses, artists and painting techniques. To ensure maximum comfort and safety, residents traveled in a specially-equipped bus with enough space for all of the wheelchairs, plus seating for members of our Menorah Center therapeutic recreation team, nursing aides and volunteers.
As our residents learned about famous works of art, other museum goers stopped to marvel at our group. A young man in a wheelchair said it was literally the first time he’d ever seen a group of nursing home residents at any museum in any part of the world, much less The Met. He thanked us for treating our residents with dignity, respecting their interests, and honoring their desire to remain intellectually and creatively stimulated.
It’s philanthropic support from donors like you that help Menorah Center continue to offer incredibly dynamic field trips, art therapy and other creative programs for residents at all ability and cognitive levels—including those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.