Lester Pott’s became a watercolor artist after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease and his art has been exhibited internationally. Prior to his diagnosis, he displayed no artistic talents.
In his late seventies, Lester was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. When his family could no longer take care of him, he was entered into an adult daycare facility. A volunteer taught him how to paint with watercolors. It was there that a miracle occurred. Being involved in the creative arts improved Lester’s cognition, mood, and behavior and it allowed his wife and primary caregiver some respite.
Lester’s son, Dr. Daniel Potts, was so inspired by his father’s creations that he started writing poems that focused on his fathers life and art. Lester’s paintings are published in a book, along with Daniel’s poems, in a book called The Broken Jar.
Using art therapy for Alzheimer’s is a very strong tool. “The brain actually sprouts new connections in people participating in artistic activities, even older people,” Potts said. Potts has created foundation, Cognitive Dynamics to improve the quality of life of persons with cognitive disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease) and their caregivers through education, research, and support of innovative care models which promote human dignity, especially therapies employing the expressive arts.