The Fallas Museum initiates a Project of Therapy against Alzheimer based on the experience of MOMA

The visits of the patients to the Fallero de València Museum will take place on January 16 and 30 and on February 13 and 27

THE FALLAS MUSEUM BEGINS A PROJECT OF THERAPY AGAINST THE ALZHEIMER BASED ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THE MOMA OF NEW YORK

The project 'Museums for Health. Party memories at the Fallas Museun of Valencia is an initiative promoted by the Department of Festive Culture and the Las Naves innovation center that aims to stimulate the long-term memory of Alzheimer's patients with the memories of the fallera party. The project has as referents museotherapy initiatives, related to cognitive stimulation, aimed at patients with senile dementia or Alzheimer's in its early stages, already set in motion by museums such as the MoMA in New York or the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome.

The councilman of Festive Culture, Pere Fuset, has expressed that «it is about pooling resources, knowledge and experiences to use the collection of pardons and banners announcing Fallas of the Fallas Museum of Valencia to generate memories in patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's in its first phases with a therapy reminiscent of long-term memory ».

The visits of the patients to the Fallero de València Museum, with ages between 60 and 75 years, will take place on January 16 and 30 and on February 13 and 27 between 10 and 11:30 hours. With the patients will go the guides of the museum, caregivers and psychologists, as well as retired falleros artists, who will contribute their memories and anecdotes falleras.

The project is the result of collaboration between the Department of Culture Festiva and the innovation center Las Naves with the Association of Relatives of People with Alzheimer's Disease of Valencia (AFAV), the University of Valencia and the Artisan Guild of Falleros Artists.

The Fallero de València Museum provides guides to the adapted guided visits, as well as a selection of the pieces of the collections to visit, as well as audiovisual materials, audio guides and publications. In addition, AFAV and its day center make the selection of participating patients and contribute their previous experiences in Alicante, the IVAM, the DKV Chair in Art and Health of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the music therapy workshops of the Prince Felipe Museum of Valencia.

For its part, Las Naves brings experience in the Active Cultural Project and connections with entities through Conecta Cultura and Conecta Salud, using its capacity for communication and dissemination, as well as an inclusive culture perspective in the initiative, also adding to the experience of the project the presence and participation of retired faller artists, thanks to the collaboration of the Artisan Guild of Falleros Artists. Specifically, the artists are Ramón Espinosa, Juan Carlos García Ibáñez, Vicente Lorenzo, José Martínez Mollá and Miguel Santaeulalia.

The University of Valencia, through teaching and research staff of the Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatments, has contributed its specialized knowledge about Alzheimer's patients, proposing the methodology and procedure for the development, measurement and evaluation of the project.

Fuset explained that "for the City Council this project is very important. We want to put, through the initiative, our grain of sand to delay the evolution of the disease and maintain for a longer time the quality of life of the people affected and of the patients who participate. The aim of the project is to stimulate the long-term memory of Alzheimer's patients with the memories of the fallera party that is capable of provoking the guided visit, which has retired falleros artists and with the technical and scientific support of the specialized personnel that will be present in the visits. With this project we also want to show the fruits of the collaboration between several municipal, university and civil society institutions to achieve joint objectives that favor public health ".

The Fallas Museum initiates a Project of Therapy against Alzheimer based on the experience of MOMA

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