Social Engagement

Social Engagement Opportunities for People Living with Dementia

Social engagement is important for all of us, including people living with dementia.  Participating in activities with others stimulates brain activity and provides opportunities to express feelings and emotions, decreasing frustrations and stress. Being with others helps counter loneliness and can improve a sense of well-being and bring an increased sense of purpose and self-confidence.  

Dementia Friendly WNC is directly involved with the Asheville Art Museum’s Connections program, a social engagement opportunity for people living with dementia.  Please see our Resources page for additional opportunities.


Asheville Art Museum’s Connections is an arts-based program for people with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners.  In past years, trained docents took small groups on in-person or virtual guided tours that stimulated conversation about the pieces viewed in the museum, and conversation among participants and staff. Currently, trained docents are available to travel to support groups, adult day programs, dementia units in long-term care facilities, etc. to provide art presentations and art-making sessions.  For more information, email Kate at

Connections class at the Asheville Art Museum