In the Moment: Tours for Visitors with Alzheimer's

making art accessible to people living with dementia

alzheimer658Research 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. Caregivers must be prepared to push wheelchairs as museum staff members are not permitted to.)


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.  

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Individuals living with dementia and their caregivers may register for our monthly In the Moment tours offered on second Tuesdays of the month at 1:00 p.m. Starting January 2014, our monthly In the Moment tours will be offered on second Mondays 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; call 412.622.3289 to get started. 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. Museum of Art 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. 

In December 2010, Carnegie Museum of Art 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 

“Carnegie Museum of Art Offers Dementia Patients and Caregivers Joy and Respite”
Pop City, December 2, 2010

“Museum Programs for Alzheimer’s Patients Show the Power of Art as Therapy”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 27, 2010

“Museum Program Hopes to Keep Alzheimer’s Patients ‘In the Moment,’” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 2, 2010

“Finding Joy in the Moment”
Carnegie Magazine, Winter 2010