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On campus at Duke: Nasher program sparks creativity in people with dementia and Alzheimer’s

July 24, 2019 | by Brandy Chieco

On campus at Duke: Nasher program sparks creativity in people with dementia and Alzheimer’s

In 2014, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University launched Reflections, a program which provided guided tours for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s in partnership with the Duke Family Support Program.

Modeled after a program introduced by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Reflections is now open to the general public and has expanded to include individuals with mid to late-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

A recent article published on Duke Today describes the positive impact the Reflections program is having on dementia patients and their care partners. Within this safe space at the Nasher, individuals with cognitive conditions find a welcoming community where they can engage with others, discuss new ideas and socialize without stress and fear of judgement.

Duke relies on the generosity of donors like you to help support programs that have significant impacts on the lives of others. By establishing a planned gift, you can ensure that programs—like the Nasher’s Reflections—continue to serve the greater Duke community for years to come.

To learn more about supporting the future of the Reflections program, the Nasher Museum of Art or another area at Duke, please contact Nan Futrell ’07 in Duke’s Office of Gift Planning at (919) 613-4530 or nan.futrell@duke.edu.

About the author


Brandy Chieco Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications

Brandy oversees marketing and communications, events and special initiatives for the Office of Gift Planning. She works closely with donors who are featured in Duke Magazine, the Blueprints blog and other publications. She also works closely with development teams, schools and alumni volunteers as part of our comprehensive reunion efforts. Prior to joining the team, Brandy worked in marketing, human resources and banking. She received her B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. When she is not in the office, Brandy enjoys local theatre, exploring the diverse Durham food scene and spending quality time with her husband and son.

Brandy Chieco can be contacted via email or by phone at (919) 681-8030.

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