Opening Minds through Art

 
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The healthcare residents  and assisted living residents at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, Ohio are thrilled that the Winter Semester of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is in full swing. This project, in partnership with the Scripps Gerontology Department at Miami University in Oxford has provided an amazing opportunity for people living with dementia the ability to create beautiful artwork with only a small amount of assistance by trained OMA volunteers. The mood is peaceful, and the residents are given the space to expand their minds in creative ways that are truly incredible. From working with sponges to other media, these pieces look like the works of professional artists. This semester, we have 7 new residents, along with 4 new volunteers this semester who are benefiting immensely from this program.

Funds provided to Opening Minds Through Art will support the sustainability of this program for future residents living with dementia at Cedar Village.

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Cedar Village's goal is to always enhance the lives of our elders. Patients who are part of the Cedar Village Hospice Program benefit from the care and compassion provided by the Hospice Team including staff and volunteers visiting with patients, reading to them and delivering flowers that have been donated by local florists and community members.

Several studies have now confirmed what many suspected: patients who receive palliative care and hospice, not only live longer than those who do not receive it, but also have a better quality of life, and less depression. They are less likely to experience medical crises, hospitalizations, and invasive procedures, which helps avoid a significant risk of side-effects and additional suffering. Please contact our Hospice team to answer any questions that you may have.

Cedar Village Hospice volunteers make a difference in the lives of those at the end of life. Your donation to the Cedar Village Hospice program will continue to support the work our volunteers to make their visits the best they can be.

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The fall semester of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is right around the corner. The popular program will have 3 classes and serve close to 50 participants.

This project, in partnership with the Scripps Gerontology Department at Miami University in Oxford has provided an amazing opportunity for people living with dementia the ability to express themselves creatively by working with a variety of media throughout the semester.

When our residents participate in this wonderful class, their minds become alive with creativity. With the diverse projects, final pieces look as if they were created by local artists to be displayed in galleries across the city.

To see an entire semester of work, please visit cedarvillage.org.

*OMA trained volunteers will provide minimal assistance.  Volunteer training is scheduled to begin in early September.

 

The spring semester of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) recently ended with a reception celebrating the 40 Cedar Village resident artists and their wonderful works of art.  The inspiring art created by the class participants is now on display outside the Wilbur and Mary Cohen Religious and Cultural Center.

This class, which is specifically designed for residents with a clinical diagnosis of dementia, was provided in conjunction with Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Department.  Under the direction of Like Loken, well-trained student volunteers worked on a one-to-one basis to assist the artists as they created their unique art pieces.  Although assistance was provided, the goal was to enable the residents to work as independently as possible.  

Your generosity enables Cedar Village to enrich the lives of residents by stimulating their creative processes. Thank you for your support!

Corky & Irving
Corky & Irving

The spring semester of OMA has begun as the residents of Cedar Village in Mason, Ohio are able to participate in a weekly art class called Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) in conjunction with Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Department. These residents at Cedar Village, with a clinical diagnosis of dementia, partner up with the gerontology students to create beautiful works of art. The student volunteers, who are simply there to guide the artists, allow the artists to work on their pieces as independently as possible. It is amazing to see the creativity of the residents. It's almost as if their minds become completely alive.

Because of the generosity of donors, Cedar Village was able to expand the class into the Fountain View apartments with a whole new program to enrich their lives and stimulate creative processes. If you have not seen this artwork, please visit www.cedarvillage.org to view these residents in action and see the beginning of what this semester brings!

Corky
Corky's Tie-Dye

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Organization

Cedar Village

Mason, Ohio, United States
http://www.cedarvillage.org

Project Leader

Carol Silver Elliott

CEO/President
Mason, Ohio United States

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Map of Opening Minds through Art