When Manny Jacobson was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2002, his wife, Lin, made it her goal to bring him to a museum every day for the rest of their lives.“We have always been active culturally, so we [didn’t] need to stop doing that,” Lin Jacobson said. “In fact, there’s a big need to continue.”
Thanks to programs such as The Jewish Museum’s JM Journeys, a once-a-month gallery tour and studio art workshop for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, the Jacobsons, as well as many others affected by these diseases, have been able to continue visiting and enjoying museums. These programs which are also offered by the Met, MoMA, the Rubin, and many other cultural institutions, are designed to help participants interact with art in a stress-free way.
Ms. Jacobson specifically praised The Jewish Museum for having its access programs—or programs for people with disabilities—on Wednesdays, when the Museum is closed to the public. “We don’t have to battle the crowds, and there are places to sit and discuss the work of art,” she said. “That’s important.”