The Elder HeART Tour Program at the MSU Museum is a program that will provide a museum experience to people with early to mid-stage dementia. The program provides opportunities for conversation and engagement for people living with Alzheimer‚Äôs or other forms of dementia and their caregivers.¬†The program was piloted in the Fall of 2012 with a tour for the Alzheimer‚Äôs Association as well as invited tours for three Lansing-area assisted living facilities.¬†The MSU Museum is one of five organizations in mid-Michigan, The Broad Art Museum, The Michigan Historical Center, Burcham Hills Assisted Living Retirement Community, and Neighborhood Empowerment Center¬†that are implementing Elder HeART tour programs.¬†
The Elder HeART Tour Program offers ways to engage individuals with dementia using art and museum objects -- ¬†with groups or one-on-one, with caregivers and families -- in ways that help people living with the degenerative disease find a creative, expressive outlet and a forum for dialogue. Specially trained Museum docents will work with participants in the early and middle stages of the disease using techniques where museum objects are key to prompting memory, association, reflection and discussion.
Starting in March 2015, the Museum will kick-off regularly scheduled tours that will be open to the general public. If you would like to register, please call the Education Program Coordinator at (517)-432-1472 or email. Please download and submit this registration form¬†to take part in an upcoming tour.