The Capturing Time therapeutic arts-intervention classes are over with great results. The participants created and and completed their own books that tell and depict a journey in their lives. Classes were at Station Place Tower, a REACH community in Portland. Through therapeutic art intervention that included pen and ink, watercoloring, block printing and creative writing instruction these once-quiet seniors now have become excited and energized art practitioners! It was heart-warming to witness how many new friends emerged and how their personal stories were shared and appreciated. There were two groups who each met once per week for nine weeks overall.
Capturing Time has had a visible effect and now The Geezer Gallery research team is busy in the review and report phase of this Oregon Tax Checkoff Alzheimer's Research Fund grant-funded research. These results will help show how these classes can improve individual's health, build community connections, and make their quality of life better. The use of unobtrusive in-home sensors are another component of the results to be tabulated and will continue to add important information to the study. We at The Geezer Gallery should give an additonal "Thank You" to the Oregon Arts Commission for their grant award contribution to this vital work.
VIBRANT ELDERS BEGINS SOON
The good news goes on as one phase ends and the next begins with the start of the approximately six-month-long project called VIBRANT ELDERS which will take place at Mary's Woods at Marylhurst, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, in Lake Oswego. Vibrant Elders is a second course of therapeutic arts intervention that expands the knowledge necessary to implement improvements and changes to these seniors. The impact of the TGG programs is being observed and recorded along the way.
Both Capturing Time and Vibrant Elders are in collaboration with OHSU, and the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH). TGG has completed the screening and recruitment portion of Vibrant Elders and the classes are scheduled to take off on September 29.