Winning watercolor repeat
If routines can help strengthen memory, then Raquel Sanchez has been working on that through her watercolor paintings.
A resident of the Silver Creek Community in Woodburn, Sanchez has once again submitted artwork that was selected for Memories of the Making, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.
"Silver Creek Community is proud to have Raquel, as one of our residents in Memory Care whose watercolor paintings, yes not one but two this year, were selected," Silver Creek Activity Director Jeannette Macauley said. "This is Raquel's fourth year that her artwork was selected for Memories of the Making."
Each year the selected artwork is sent to the Alzheimer's Association's fundraising gala for auction. The artists, such as Sanchez, are honored during a preceding gala, which will take place Jan. 13 this year.
As her fourth year in attendance at the artist-honoring event, the annual affair has become sort of routine for Sanchez, who last year acknowledged Macauley and other care providers at Silver Creek for encouraging her participation.
"They tell me to make a picture, and I just draw it up," Sanchez said. "For three years the ladies have (submitted) my pictures. If she didn't send it in, I wouldn't win."
Sanchez keeps busy with several hobbies, including watercolor painting, arts and crafts and crocheting.
"Raquel love to help others and sometimes teaches other residents her skills in water coloring and crocheting," Macauley said.
"Raquel also crochets hats to donate to homeless and baby hats to donate to the hospitals for newborns," Macauley added. "She is such a wonderful resident, and everyone here love her. "
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