Now, Poetry Matters
For those who planned to attend the Art of Aging workshop in May, regretfully postponed, CAC offers an extension of that effort into a very important matter. Yes, poetry matters.
Gary Glazner, originally scheduled for Art of Aging, will bring his Alzheimer’s Poetry Project to Bloomington in support of long-term care professionals, writers, family caregivers, students and individuals affected with dementia. Three mini-sessions will be offered over the two-day period. All sessions are free, but we request your registration so we can estimate (again, free!) refreshments.
CAC invites you to be moved by poetry, and be moved to employ the poetic to affect others’ lives in a positive and meaningful way!
The positive news is that there is a high level of participation and interest in the May Creative Aging Festival here in Bloomington. Unfortunately, though, that means we were unable to meet a minimum number of registrants for The Art of Aging. Because our primary goal is to educate, it makes sense to postpone and choose a new date in late summer or fall. Please keep an eye on this page or our Facebook page for a new date!
Saturday, May 21, 2016 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Indiana Memorial Union on the IU-Bloomington campus
Artists in all genres, Activities Directors, Direct Care Workers, Nurses, and Administrators in Long-Term Care; Senior Housing Managers and Personnel; Social Services Professionals; Volunteers; Students in Gerontology
Learn best practices for engaging older adults in creative, arts-related enrichment activities; understand the significant physical, social and cognitive benefits associated with arts engagement in later life; and meet fellow arts advocates committed to bringing life through the arts to older adults in all settings.
Engage with four of the country’s most creative and experienced practitioners bringing the arts to older adults:
• Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care
Gary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, whose internationally influential mission is to facilitate the creativity of people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
• The Golden Experience Educational Concert: How to Meet the Most Fundamental Needs of Older Adults
Kareen King, MA, is a Registered Drama Therapist, speaker, recording artist, and founder of The Golden Experience™, designed to enrich lives and improve quality of life for those in long-term care and their caregivers.
• Art & Aging: The Role of the Teaching Artist
Julie Hill is the founder and chair of the Bloomington Creative Aging Festival. Krista Detor is a professional singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Participants will become familiar with the requirements for achieving certified teaching artist status through the National Center for Creative Aging.
Out of Town? Try the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel
Continuing Education: CEUs and NCCAP Credits will be available for selected professionals who complete the workshop. Eligible parties include Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Activity Directors and Professionals, Long-Term Care administrators, Educators, Senior Center personnel and others. We're offering 5 contact/training hours, but you will need to pay for any credit costs on your own. CEU paperwork will be distributed at the end of the day.
Fliers and an Agenda will return when we schedule a new date.
Need more information? Feel free to contact Phil Stafford, 812-855-2163.
Plan to Attend More Events During the Sixth Annual Creative Aging Festival!
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to celebrate creativity and our aging population through its Creative Aging Festival held annually throughout the month of May.
The primary objectives of the Creative Aging Festival are to highlight the artistic talents of older adults; promote intergenerational understanding through dialogue, sharing traditions, and storytelling; and increase awareness about the value of creative engagement to adult health and well being.
A comprehensive, updated calendar of 2016 events can be found at bloomington.in.gov/coa.