Author Archives: maryann4tao

About maryann4tao

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

Tidewater Arts Outreach Advocacy

The original post can be found on the Tidewater Arts Outreach Official Website Through every communications means available, whenever the opportunities present themselves, we are advocating for the value of arts in healthcare, for arts and health, and for TAO’s … Continue reading

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Create|Relate Program — For People Newly Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Original Post from May 2014 from http://tidewaterartsoutreach.org/createrelate-program-for-people-newly-diagnosed-with-alzheimers/.
This blog post discusses a pilot program to help promote community, healing, inspiration, and hope for people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Continue reading

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Compassionate Care for Alzheimer’s Disease Sufferers – A New Day?

The Pilot shared an insightful AP article with readers yesterday. It was a real eye-opener to learn that the cultures of Thailand and the Philippines allow for markedly healthier and happier life experiences for people with dementia, and western Europeans are choosing to have their loved ones cared for there. Gray’s comparison of ‘an old, cold lady who gives you pills and tells you to go to bed,’ to a caretaker who ‘sits on the grass…, gently massaging his legs and tickling his chin,’ is the difference between night and day, or perhaps happiness and despair. How did we develop into a society that abhors aging? Why are we getting dependent care for the disabled and elderly so wrong as a society? Continue reading

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TAO’s First Vocal Group for Seniors

It was Recital Day. The singers were seated, wearing black and white. Vocal coach Caroline Murphy Turco was warming up, greeting participants and checking lyrics pages. Singers smiled and said ‘hi’ to one another in greeting; looks of excitement were evident. Some participants were present one minute, then gazing absently away the next – a sign of their dementia. The large community room was filling up quickly. Continue reading

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This article, recently published in The Lancet, talks about quality of life concerns for our world’s aging population. Continue reading

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TAO’s Recent Opening Minds Through Art Workshop

Observations on an impactful visual arts workshop presented by Tidewater Arts Outreach, in partnership with Sentara Life Care Opening Minds Through Art?  Wow, does it ever!  I came to realize that Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is about so much … Continue reading

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Funding Dilemmas for Arts and Health for Seniors

Tidewater Arts Outreach artists work with a variety of clients, in a variety of settings and with lots of great creative tools, performances and programs. By a fair margin, the largest demographic we serve are seniors who are in dependent care day and long-term residential programs. The residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities is a primary group for TAO, for a number of reasons: Continue reading

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