In the Moment: Tours for Visitors with Alzheimer's

Making Art Accessible To People Living With Dementia


Research indicates the powerful role that engaging with art can play in the lives of people living with dementia. In the Moment gallery tours are informal conversations about art led by specially trained docents (tour guides) and provide an opportunity to be truly “in the moment.”

Tours are designed for people with early or middle stage dementia and their caregivers. Most participants use wheelchairs for their tours, which can be provided free of charge. (Note: Please request wheelchairs when registering. Wheelchairs must be pushed by a caregiver.

Group Tours for Care Facilities or Day Programs
Group Tours may be scheduled on days and times convenient to the group. The tour fee is $15 per pair (1 individual living with dementia and 1 caregiver). Registration is required three weeks in advance. Group leaders should call 412.622.3289 to register. Groups are limited to 6 pairs per docent. 

Individuals living with dementia and their caregivers may register for one of our monthly tours. These tours are offered on the second Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. The tour fee is $15 per pair (1 individual with dementia and 1 caregiver). Registration is required one week in advance. Please call 412.622.3289 to register. Attendance is limited to 6 pairs per docent.

History of In the Moment
In the Moment began as a series of Carnegie Museum of Art tours for residents of Presbyterian Senior Care’s Woodside Place, a care facility in Oakmont, PA, specializing in Alzheimer’s and other dementias. CMOA staff and docents have combined this experience with additional research to create a model based on the dementia program at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In December 2010, CMOA presented an In the Moment workshop, featuring speakers from the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Alzheimer’s Project at MoMA.

In the Media
"Museums team up with Alzheimer's facilities to provide art programs"
Observer-Reporter, September 2014
“Carnegie Museum of Art Offers Dementia Patients and Caregivers Joy and Respite”
Pop City, December 2010
“Museum Programs for Alzheimer’s Patients Show the Power of Art as Therapy”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 2010
“Museum Program Hopes to Keep Alzheimer’s Patients ‘In the Moment,’”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 2010
“Finding Joy in the Moment”
Carnegie Magazine, Winter 2010

For more information please contact
Hattie Lehman.