Comprehensive Services on Aging Art Show
PISCATAWAY, NJ—Although the brain ages and memories become harder to recapture, creative self-expression—and the joy and sense of pride it brings—has not waned for the Alzheimer’s patients whose artwork will be on display at this year’s Comprehensive Services on Aging day program’s 2nd Annual Art Show and Food Drive.
On December 12, members of the media are invited to join the artists and their families and friends as they experience a presentation of 3-D artwork, which includes hand-painted fans, wind chimes and birdhouses; a hanging collage, a flip book of hand-colored mandalas, a king-sized quilt comprised of squares decorated by each client and staff member and hand-stitched by one of the staff, and other creations. Last year’s show featured 2-dimensional works; a video of the event can be seen at:

The clients will also be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to a local food pantry in time for the holidays. Last year’s drive—the group’s first—yielded 266 food items, which went to a food pantry in time for Thanksgiving. The clients expressed gratification about being empowered to help others less fortunate. This year, they hope to collect over 300 items.
WHAT: Comprehensive Services on Aging (COPSA) Art Show

WHEN: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., December 12, 2012

WHERE: UMDNJ - University Behavioral HealthCare, 671 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08855

According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s “2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures,” there are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease, including 150,000 living in New Jersey. Studies have shown that the cognitive enrichment provided by creative expression in patients with Alzheimer’s disease can promote benefits such as positive emotional responses, reduced agitation, greater social interaction, functional improvements, increased food intake, reduced stress and overall improved quality of life.
Journalists who wish to interview Scott Friedman or representatives from COPSA should contact Patti Verbanas, UMDNJ News Service, at 973 972 7273 or .

For information, call 1-800-424-2494 or visit

About the Comprehensive Services on Aging
COPSA (800-424-2494 or 732-235-5840) is a program of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)–University Behavioral HealthCare and the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. COPSA and its Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders serve as New Jersey’s most visible clinical service, research, and training site dedicated to the care of older adults with mental health disorders, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementing illnesses. COPSA provides a wide variety of resources for older adults with dementia and other mental health needs to their family members and to the professionals who interact with them.

About the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey’s only health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending three medical schools, the State’s only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey’s only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the State.
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