By Sally Korkin - Executive Director, Cedar Village Foundation
The healthcare residents living at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, Ohio are thrilled that the Fall Semester of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is around the corner. 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 this semester who will benefit immensely from this program.
Another wonderful aspect to this semester is that we had too many volunteers wanting to support this program. So, not to turn them away, we are looking to create another OMA session in the Spring for our residents living with dementia in our assisted and independent apartments.
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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