Building Community Through the Arts

The Challenges of Making Connections Each day I work at the adult day center, I see people that are experiencing various forms of isolation. There are people with aphasia, whose words are becoming tangled or lost; there are those with Parkinson’s disease, whose voices have become a soft whisper. There are those with cognitive processing […]

Dancing Through Dementia

The second installment of a six-part series, this article explores basic techniques of dance/movement therapy. Specifically, this article talks about the work of Marian Chace, the mother of dance/movement therapy. This article not only explores these techniques but explains how they can be used with older adults who are living with dementia.

Creative writing for self-expression: Meaningful engagement for older adults

Five people sit around a table, writing. One man’s pen moves slowly, precisely translating ideas into line. One woman’s hand moves in a blur, trying to keep up with her thoughts. A third person, who has a visual impairment, speaks while I transcribe his words. When we finish writing, we take turns reading aloud. Each person’s face brightens as we hear one another’s words. The wisdom in the room surprises us.

Why Arts and Aging?

Who are the professionals using the arts in their work with older adults? What is the difference between expressive arts therapies, arts education, and other types of arts programming? Are you a professional who uses the arts in your practice? Do you know someone whose life has been changed through art? What questions do you have about expressive arts’ connection to aging?