Lending a helping eye: artists in residence at a memory clinic

Lancet Neurol. 2004 Feb;3(2):119-23. doi: 10.1016/s1474-4422(03)00665-3.


An artist-in-residence programme at the Capital Health Memory Clinic in Halifax, Canada, was established 6 years ago. The artists contribute to the clinic's academic mission by helping to describe how Alzheimer's disease treated by cholinesterase inhibitors is providing a better understanding of human cholinergic neurotransmission. The artists also contribute to the clinical programme by helping to establish a therapeutic ambience, and by allowing clinicians to see themselves through their patients' eyes. The artist programme has inspired a design initiative for the improvement of the physical environment for older patients, and has created a unique art collection that is becoming a resource for scholarship.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease / psychology*
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities*
  • Art
  • Art Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Memory