@SueGuest asked a great question on Twitter yesterday in response to our blog post about our upcoming professional conference, ARTZ and Dementia: Innovation, Inclusion & Creative Expression.
Sue said: "I'm a big believer in the arts as a great way of expression for all ages, what do your seniors love doing the most?"
Here is my long version answer:
Sue, great question! Our work is very “resident centered” so we want to offer modalities that inspire and support each individual’s needs. At NewBridge, our memory support programming team is comprised of many expressive arts therapists. Several focus primarily on music. Their work seems to be the most universal and enjoyed by almost all of our residents. You might come across a group of elders drumming, improvising with different instruments, song writing, etc. The director of our program team is an art therapist. Her work is also popular, whether she is leading a painting workshop, collage making group or sculpture class. We also do expressive movement programs and writing groups. Whatever the modality, all of our work revolves around the process of the experience and not the product, and the meaning it has for each person involved.
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