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Kandahar Home’s very own ‘artist in residence’ has picked up her paintbrush in support of Alzheimers Wairarapa.
84-year-old Melva Ardern has painted a Forget-Me-Not design for the organisation’s greeting card fundraiser.
“After I asked Melva to do the Forget-Me-Nots she painted for three days straight!” explains Alzheimers Wairarapa volunteer Liz Garden
“She produced two beautiful paintings on canvases and we chose one to get printed onto greeting cards to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Wairarapa.”
Melva explains that when she moved to Enliven’s Kandahar Home she was unsure if she’d be able to continue her lifelong hobby of painting, but she found the team really encouraged her artistic endeavours.
“Everyone here has really encouraged me to keep painting. They’ve even set up a special painting room for me.”
Although painting has always been a passion of Melva’s, she hadn’t picked up a paint brush for several months because she couldn’t think of what to paint.
Kandahar Recreation Officer Karen Bidlake says it was extraordinary to see Melva find her creative spark again.
“At first Melva was worried she couldn’t do it, but when she had a paint brush in her hand she was away.”
Karen says encouraging residents to continue with their hobbies and familiar routines is part of Enliven’s Eden philosophy which supports residents to maintain their independence and continue doing what they love.
“Part of the Eden philosophy is elder-directed care, which means residents can have pets, continue with their hobbies and do as they wish. After all, this is their home, we’re just here to provide assistance and make sure they’re healthy and safe.”