Because of the generosity of donors, the healthcare 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. Not only do the residents use a standard brush, they also create their own media to work with, such as foam block stamps. The students, 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.
This latest semester ended with the Spring OMA Art Show. The artists invited their family members to see the wonderful art that was created. OMA will resume in the Fall.
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