SEA Club- Seniors Enjoying Art– An arts program created by Michaella Lynch for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients at Westminster Canterbury Retirement Home.
Inspired by her love of art and dedicated to her great grandmother Ruby who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, Michaella Lynch, a 12 year old Cadette Girl Scout, created the SEA Club. The SEA Club stands for Seniors Enjoying Art, and allowed 20 residents of the Hoy Center at Westminster Canterbury to participate in weekly art sessions created and led by Michaella. All of the participants suffered from Alzheimer’s or dementia. She dedicated over 50 hours of community service to the project and has earned her Silver Award, the highest award for a Girl Scout Cadette.
On Sunday, September 8th, she held an art show and reception for the residents, family, and friends. Michaella displayed all of the resident’s artwork including sponge painting on canvas, painted plates, watercolor paintings, and much more. She also showed a moving video slide show including photos taken over the weeks. All of the twenty participants received certificates. Michaella said, “This was a very special experience and I loved seeing the residents each week. I will miss them and plan to return with my Girl Scout troop to do more art.” In October, Michaella and her family will join the Westminster team “Seagull Striders” to walk in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk at the oceanfront.