Frances: The Artist, Art Therapy, and the Alzheimer’s Patient The photographs in this collection show the affects creating art has on one Alzheimer´s patient, Frances G. Thomas. Her daughter, Christine, provided a home and assisted-living needs. This living arrangement developed into a journey of an Alzheimer´s patient and a caregiver. Through Christine’s interests and contacts, Frances was introduced to sculpting. A visit to the art studio of Debra Flocco in Haverstraw, New York, resulted in these photographs of Frances sculpting in a safe environment. The intent of these photographs was to encourage continued research in the field of art therapy for other Alzheimer´s patient.
Dr. Neysa T. Sensenig holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. Dr. Sensenig has been an Assistant Superintendent for Business for the past ten years. Dr. Sensenig has taught writing as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Sullivan County Community College, SUNY at New Paltz, and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dr. Sensenig’s dissertation Impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing Model on Writing Instruction in Grades Three Through Eight was published in 2009. Dr. Sensenig has published articles in three volumes of the Refractive Thinker™: An Anthology of Higher Learning.