Turning Alzheimer's patients into artists

Posted at: 11/25/2013 1:40 PM
By: Cathy Marshall, KGW

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) -- An art show Wednesday in Portland, Oregon featured the work of people who might have only recently discovered a talent for painting.

That discovery is helping them deal with a devastating diagnosis.

Ray Waltz said it takes all of concentration but the soothing stroke of a pencil helps him find focus while living with Alzheimer's.

"I go into the kitchen and I forget what I went in there for, but I've learned to calm myself," he said.

Some of that calm has come in creating his colorful works. And he's found camaraderie as he shares a table with artists who are all in the early stages of the disease.

"It's just nice to have friends," he said.

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