The Capturing Time classes are reaping visible rewards already.As an Assistant Facilitator, excitement and enthusiasm are visibly and spontaneously evident in the level and interest in the book-creation process as taught by Cheryl Rogers-Tadevich. Residents of Station Place Tower and Rose Schnitzer Tower are forming active, communicating, communities and building socialization practices that are already noticeable.Engaged in writing and artwork are stimulating smiling elderly classmates.This is inspiring to witness!
The Geezer Gallery’s research trials are in motion and we are in our 5th week of the 8 week course which studies the impact of therapeutic arts on the lives of non-impaired elders who are also determining the efficacy of unobtrusive in-home sensors.Two groups gather at REACH’s Station Place Tower on Mondays and Thursdays respectively and our research team is measuring everyday changes in health and activity and, more importantly, how the program might improve health and quality of life. This work and it’s credibility will enable TGG to build on our existing activities, expand efforts and ultimately leverage additional support for therapeutic arts programming.
Thanks for funding goes to the Oregon Tax Check-off Alzheimer’s Research Fund as administered through the Oregon Partnership Alzheimer’s Research (OPAR) and from the Oregon Arts Commission who enable TGG to collaborate with OHSU and the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH) for implementing this exciting program.