What are our societal values re: our oldest members?

We are looking for people in the community (graduate students, study centers, professionals, etc.) who might be in a position to partner with us in a pilot research project that quantifies the value of regular, quality arts programs for seniors in long-term care. What we’re finding is the medical students, art therapists, students in social work, nursing, etc., are putting their energies toward exploring and relating to the condition of humanity at nearly every other stage of life but at the later years. I just have to question, ‘why?’ Why is it that our culture is so far behind other countries when it comes to showing an interest in the quality of long-term care? Clearly, through our music and arts outreach at TAO, we are in a field where there is great need, but far less understanding or acceptance in our society of that need. Unless there is change, this segment of society will continue to be marginalized and under-served. And there will be lots more of us in that boat in the coming 20-30 years.

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About maryann4tao

Executive Director at Tidewater Arts Outreach. Former Volunteer Hampton Roads Training Manager and United Way/Salt Lake City Major Gifts Officer.
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