USA Today (September 15, 2009): Arts Allow Alzheimer's Patients to Live in the Moment

Publication Date: 
Tue, 09/15/2009

A smile crosses Bob Blackwell's face as he gently lifts his camera to his eye and zooms in on a black-and-yellow swallowtail butterfly hovering near the same flower as a yellow finch.

A little while later, Blackwell, 66, rests in the shade of a gazebo at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA., where he enjoyed a balmy late summer morning recently, snapping images of nature.

"Doing this..." he says, gesturing to the cameras slung around his neck and then spreading his arms out toward the lake and rolling green hills surrounding him, "It makes me forget. It makes me happy."