Artist and Caregiver Training Videos in Movement, Singing
Tidewater Arts Outreach has published its first artist and caregiver training videos, thanks to Geriatric Training and Education (GTE) funds appropriated by the General Assembly of Virginia and administered by the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional funding was provided by Thistle Foundation, The Virginia Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts and local arts commissions.
We paired music therapist Dr. Linda Teasley with gerontologist Sonya Barsness to create “Singing for Elder Health & Wellness.” We paired dancer and physical therapist Michele Martin Nielsen with Sonya Barsness to create “Music and Movement for Elders with Dementia.”
The videos were designed to empower caregivers and artists with information and techniques to effectively utilize music, movement and singing to enhance the lives of elders, including those with dementia and/or physical limitations. The sensory experiences of sound, touch, visual cues/props and movement are complemented with rich emotional, social, intellectual and physical potential of these art forms. These training videos will aid in the creation of arts experiences which are person-centered, age-appropriate, emotionally satisfying and socially engaging.
The videos have companion reference material; the links below access that information:
Tidewater Arts Outreach also shares links to best practices and programs on its Pinterest site.
If you would like to help us present more workshops for artists and caregivers, please make a donation here. Tidewater Arts Outreach is a 501c(3); all donations are tax-exempt.