Spring 2017 Regional Workshops:Banner 3 2017 workshops

We are happy to announce three spring 2017 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.

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.

Download the registration form here.  Make an online payment here (please note the workshop name in the memo field).

Beyond Words: Using Poetry to Foster Elder Engagement, Inspiration and Communication  
Thursday, May 17 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.

Download the registration form here.  Make an online payment here (please note the workshop name in the memo field).

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.

Download the registration form here.  Make an online payment here (please note the workshop name in the memo field).

More Training and Resources

GTE Training Videos

Two new artist and caregiver training videos, in music and movement and singing for elder health and wellness.  Find them here.

Tidewater Arts Outreach is developing twelve caregiver training modules 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:

  1.   Ways to derive maximum benefit for varied, participatory arts programming for elders
  2. Singing for elder Health and wellness
  3. Visual Arts – best practices and resources from the field
  4. Music – best practices and resources from the field (with music activities for non-musicians)
  5. Using poetry to engage elders with cognitive impairments
  6. Film and discussion “I Remember Better When I Paint”
  7. Film and discussion: “Alive Inside”
  8. Movement and music for elders with dementia
  9. Encouraging reluctant elders to participate
  10. Latest research /human & community resources for garnering program support
  11. Thematic method of integrating arts experiences into daily life

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

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The National Center for Creative Aging also has developed a resource for caregivers:


Links to sites whose programs TAO has 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

TimeSlips Storytelling

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!