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Mother-in-law's Alzheimer's diagnosis sparks art project

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 23, 2020 07:15 PM
Created: January 23, 2020 07:12 PM

About six-million Americans have Alzheimer's and many are being cared for by family members.  It's a tough job and often, those families don't reach out for help.

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Maryna Bilak is trying to change that. She loves working with her hands. She knew from a young age art would be a part of her life. So she studied it all from charcoals, to sculptures, to paintings.

It wouldn't be until she attended a school in New York City that the native Ukrainian would learn to not just make art but have a reason for making art - and it would be her mother in law, Dorothy, struggling with Alzheimer's who would give her that reason.

Learn more about the project that Dorothy inspired, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

WEB EXTRA: Maryna Bilak shows how part of her CARE project is made

WEB EXTRA: Maryna Bilak shows some pieces from her CARE project


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