A collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association West Texas Chapter
Journal Writing and Doodling Workshops
for stress reduction and relaxation.
This is a collaboration with David Andrew Hernandez Interim Executive Director Alzheimer's Association West Texas Chapter, Dr. Sarah Y. Jimenez from UTEP Nursing school, Ronnie Dukes DUKEScomics.com., and Dr. Elvira Carrizal-Dukes from Chicana/o Studies at UTEP.
Comics for Alzheimer Awareness uses A.W.O.L. characters Cruz Ochoa and her dad Mr. Ochoa.
Journaling or expressive writing is a process by which one writes down their thoughts and feelings. Doodling is drawing or scribbling and involves the creation of a spontaneous image. The activities of journaling and doodling enhance self-exploration and emotional processing, reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Repetition, Anxiety and Agitation, Confusion and Suspicion, Aggression, and Wandering are common behaviors encountered by caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 Helpline number for caregivers: 1-800-272-3900 or visit their website alz.org. It can help to have a dementia-trained professional to talk with when you feel overwhelmed or at a loss for what to try next.