June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, a time when we raise awareness and help the 47 million people worldwide who are living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
This makes the debut of a certain coloring book for adults — Color Your Mind by Maria Shriver — particularly well-timed. Her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, ultimately passing away in 2011. According to Shriver, one of her biggest challenges was finding activities that her family could do with him. As a leading advocate for people with Alzheimer's and their families, the book was created with insights from caregivers, neurologists, doctors and people with Alzheimer's. The book is meant to be a fun activity as well as a way for caregivers, family, and friends to connect together. Each page is accompanied by educational information and prompts.
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The big day is finally here! Color Your Mind by Maria Shriver has published! This unique and thoughtful book is written for people with Alzheimer's and for those who love and care for them. Our team at Blue Star worked alongside Maria over the course of a year in consultation with neurologists, caregivers, experts in memory care, and of course, people with Alzheimer's. It offers a way to connect and create together through shared conversation and coloring beautiful, inspirational images. Swipe right to see sample interior pages from the book. Help us support the Women's Alzheimer's Movement!
Coloring — with its repetitive motions and honed focus — may even help to improve cognition. After all, did you know that one proven way to improve mental health is through hands-on crafting?
According to a study in Neurology, a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, middle-aged and elderly people who partake in craft-based activities like coloring were 45 percent less likely to develop memory issues that lead to dementia and people who partake in artistic activities less likely to develop these cognitive issues. Not only is coloring a fun activity, but it sharpens our motor skills, relieves our minds of stress and boosts our creative power.
An amazing aspect of the book is that a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Women's Alzheimer's Movement — an organization founded by Shriver that informs women of the risks of Alzheimer's and educates them on how to prevent or delay its onset.
Feeling inspired? Sharpen your colored pencils and start coloring: