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Art Activities Designed for Seniors: A Guide Book to Help Activate Those in Senior Care Facilities

Art Activities Designed for Seniors: A Guide Book to Help Activate Those in Senior Care Facilities

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Art Activities Designed for Seniors: A Guide Book to Help Activate Those in Senior Care Facilities

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171 pages
51 minutes
Sortie:
Apr 12, 2007
ISBN:
9781466957060
Format:
Livre

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Art Activities Designed for Seniors is a guidebook to help present art ideas and activities to seniors in care facilities. The purpose of this book is to make the tasks easier for the professional and non-professional caregiver. Inside you will find over 50 projects including a condensed 22-session art class. You will find projects that will help you assess the needs of your clients, as well as individual projects, group projects; full size templates to support the projects and ideas. The templates are designed to be photocopied for easy access, make as many as you need for each class.

For a period of five years I have had the opportunity of working with seniors, all with a variety of levels of mental or physical limits. Most of my clients live in group care homes or senior complexes. My job is to introduce art in a fun way that allows for enjoyment and interaction with others. Even though there is a lot of written and visual resource material available for arts and crafts I find most projects need to be redesigned to fit the needs of the seniors. For example I have found the clients may need more guidance or formal perimeters to complete the projects successfully. In this book you will find the ideas and designs that have worked for me. I hope in sharing what I have experienced can make the job of presenting art activities to seniors more rewarding for you as well as the clients.

Sortie:
Apr 12, 2007
ISBN:
9781466957060
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Carren was born in Victoria, B.C. where as a child studied art at the Victoria Art Gallery, later she continued her education at the University of Victoria and received her B.F.A. Honors in 1990, was then accepted at Concordia University in Montreal where she completed her Master of Fine Arts in 1993. Carren has taught art in Montreal and Victoria and as a working artist has had group and solo shows as well as produced graphic design and book illustrations. She has had over five years of experience bringing arts and crafts to seniors in care. Carren resides in Victoria with her husband and currently is a director of the board for the Vancouver Island Society of Disabled Artists.

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Art Activities Designed for Seniors - Carren Love

© Copyright 2006 Carren Love.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written prior permission of the author.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1 A GOOD PLACE TO START

CHAPTER 2 ART PROJECTS DESIGNED FOR ASSESSING CAPABILITIES

CHAPTER 3 Drawing Class

CHAPTER 4 Individual Craft Projects

CARDS

Simplified Projects

CHAPTER 5 Group Craft Projects

CHAPTER 6 Seasonal Craft Projects

TEMPLATES

Summary

Acknowledgements

Dedicated to the creative spirit in all of us.

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this book is to help those who work in the senior community with art activities and projects. Please note the focus of this book comes from an art background and not art therapy.

When I was first asked to work with seniors in care homes, I thought, how can I condense the information I have acquired as an artist and translate that into a viable experience for senior citizens. To begin, my questions were, What is art? and Why should it be used at this Level?. The answer to the first question, what is art, will have as many definitions as there are people present. My point being that art is subjective. This leads to the most important reason why art should be used as an activity, it’s ability to engage. Speaking as the Artist it is my experience that while working on or through a piece I encounter every aspect of my personality on a very intimate level. In other words I get frustrated, bored, tired. I feel joy, I feel wonder. I feel accomplishment, I feel peace. I am impassioned with being alive. Being engaged or doing leads to accomplishment and empowerment. Feeling empowered is especially important to those who’s lives have diminished through accident or age.

Art class at Hampton Manor

Other important reasons for the use of art at the geriatric level are hand exercise, eye and hand co-ordination, decision making as well as presenting an approachable arena where the client can feel safe. I add this point because of a common thread I have seen with aging clients with or without full comprehension, the hesitation of admitting to themselves that they are unable to do some things that are so simple.

For a period of five years I have had the opportunity of working with seniors, all with a variety of levels of mental or physical limits. Most of my clients live in group care homes or senior complexes. My job is to introduce art in a fun way that allows for enjoyment and interaction with others. Even though there is a lot of written and visual resource material available for arts and crafts I find most projects need to be redesigned to fit the needs of the seniors. For example I have found the clients may need more guidance or formal perimeters to complete the projects successfully. In this book you will find the ideas and designs that have worked for me. I hope in sharing what I have experienced can make the job of presenting art activities to seniors more rewarding for you as well as the clients.

Art class at The Waldorf

CHAPTER 1 

A GOOD PLACE TO START

Being organized is important if going from one facility to another in a day, or three to four in a week. At each location the clients needs vary, the environment such as the size of the room will vary and the amount of participants may dictate what you decide to do. Other variables may include family input or institutional guide lines. Keeping a record of activities will also help you remember what works with one group and not another. It will also remind you of themes you have developed and will help avoid repeats. A good organization tool is using a form with the headings Where, When, Who, What, and Why.

Where tells

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