Opening Minds Through Art: A Creative Approach to Caregiving

Opening Minds Through Art: A Creative Approach to Caregiving

Although art therapy is not a new addition to nursing homes and memory care residences, one Ohio organization has been elevating the practice to new heights of interaction and study, with a “person-centered” approach. Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is the brainchild of Dr. Elizabeth Lokon. Under her direction, OMA has allowed Ohio seniors (and beyond) to express themselves through visual art while making some new friends in the process. Now in its tenth year, the group was recently in the national spotlight. Earlier this year, OMA was awarded the 2016 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award in the Creative Expression category, presented by The Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.

Key Points:

  • 1Although art therapy is not new addition to nursing homes and memory care residences, one Ohio organization has elevated the practice to new heights with a “person-centered” approach.
  • 2The Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) program has allowed Ohio seniors to express themselves through visual art while making new friends in the process.
  • 3The creators of OMA hopes that the expansion of the program will allow more patients to recapture just a bit of themselves lost to the disease.


There are many ways to help a loved one express themselves: poetry, storytelling, dance, music, and theater.

Read the full article at: http://aginginhome.com/opening-minds-art/

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