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