We are happy to announce three spring 2017 Caregiver/Artist Training Workshops. The 3-hour training sessions are recommended for artists and arts teachers of all disciplines, students, recreation therapists, social workers, nurses, chaplains, administrators, activities directors and interested community members. Participants will practical and detailed information about arts engagement using poetry, modern art and dance/movement techniques. The workshops are open to the public; fees are $40 per workshop. A $10 discount is given for up to five attendees from a Tidewater Arts Outreach partner organization and for those 65 and older.
In addition, we offer FREE workshops monthly for military caregivers, thanks to a grant from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The workshops are on the third Tuesday, 6-8 pm at the Hampton VA. Registration is through the Hampton VA. Click here for more information on these workshops.
Person-Centered Principles and Modern Art Techniques for Elders with Dementia
Thursday, April 27 at Chrysler Museum, Norfolk
Facilitator: Like Lokon, Ph.D., Scripps Gerontology, OH
This workshop demonstrates how to use visual art as a tool for communication for those with memory loss and how person-centered care principles can be applied to tap the creativity of people living with dementia.
Beyond Words: Using Poetry to Foster Elder Engagement, Inspiration and Communication
Thursday, May 18 at Riverside PACE, Newport News
Facilitator: Pauline Daniels, Creative Arts Coordinator, Goodwin House
This workshop explores poetry in many forms and its use as the inspiration and the foundation for creative, therapeutic engagement with elders. Learn how to create a session template that works, the best poetry forms and content to use with elders, poetry as therapeutic intervention, and including poetry with other disciplines within elder care models.
Anyone Can Dance® – Music and Movement for Elders with Physical Limitations
Thursday, June 15 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Virginia Beach
Facilitator: Judith Sachs, Founder and CEO, Anyone Can Dance®
This workshop imparts techniques for working with frail elders, using music and movement for health benefits. Anyone Can Dance® is a program of adaptive dance created by Judith Sachs, a certified dance and exercise facilitator. It is designed for people 65 and over, or for those who may have physical restrictions and who use a wheel chair or a walker. Benefits include aerobic conditioning and improved flexibility, coordination, posture, muscle tone, attitude and body image.
2017 Spring Workshops are generously supported by:
We have created two new artist and caregiver training videos, in music and movement and singing for elder health and wellness. Virginia General Assembly’s Geriatric Training Initiative has generously funded these trainings. Find them here.
Tidewater Arts Outreach is developing caregiver training modules; many can be facilitated over a lunch hour. ‘Lunch and learn’ caregiver training imparts practical, achievable means for caregivers to inject successful arts experiences into individual and group programs.
Tidewater Arts Outreach staff training topics include:
We have found the National Center for Creative Aging site to be a valuable resource. They have created a twelve-session series for artists working with the elderly. We encourage all artists interested in presenting programs to elders and others with special needs to go through this FREE, online training. The training is in twelve modules and takes 12-15 hours to complete. It includes research and best practices, facilitation skills, reminiscence and imagination, arts and aging, program planning, development and implementation, useful videos, and more. It is well worth the effort.
NCCA Workshops are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The National Center for Creative Aging also has developed a resource for caregivers: http://creativecaregiving.creativeaging.org/
Links to sites whose programs we have presented:
Elders Share the Arts: Living History Methodology
Anyone Can Dance ®
Sing Me Back Home: Music in Palliative and Hospice Care
The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
Opening Minds Through Art
Memories in the Making
Other training resources can be found on our Resources page and on our social media sites (Pinterest and YouTube, particularly).
Tidewater Arts Outreach is a write-in agency for the United Way annual workplace campaign and the in Hampton Roads (Southside and Peninsula). Simply write us in on the “designation” line, and you can contribute any portion of your workplace pledge to go toward our work with seniors and others who have special needs. Your support is needed and appreciated. Thank you!