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Training with Opening Minds Through Arts

After two intensive weeks observing OMA sessions, working directly with artists living with dementia and taking various Gerontology classes at Miami University, I thought that this would be a good time to reflect on my learnings. What is OMA? OMA was created in 2007 by Dr Elizabeth "Like" Lokon, who combined her undergraduate education in... Continue Reading →

The Creative Aging Training

I spent my first week in NYC as a trainee at The Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators at the University Settlement. The week was packed full of field trips, amazing workshops, and presentations from some of the US leaders in the field of creative aging. The programme was run by the inspirational... Continue Reading →

A Poetry Workshop with Gary Glazner

I spent my first morning in NYC participating in a poetry workshop led by Gary Glazner, the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, (APP). The session took place at the New York Memory Centre in Brooklyn and included the participation of over 30 older adults, at various stages of dementia. The workshop was... Continue Reading →

Hello America!

Tomorrow starts my American adventure, as I have been awarded an AHRC grant to spend a month exploring innovative practices in the field of Arts & Dementia in the USA. The journey will start in NYC, observing poetry workshops led by Gary Glazner and training at the Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators. I will... Continue Reading →

TimeSlips Certification Course

I officially became a Certified TimeSlips Facilitator this month and feel very lucky to have been able to attend this training led by the wonderful Joan Williamson. Joan came all the way from the US to deliver this first ever 'in-person' programme to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. It was just an inspirational and fantastic... Continue Reading →

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