Category Archives: Arts in Long Term Care

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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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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Check out the awesome video created by Jim Knox Photography featuring a song written and produced by Larry Berwald at Soul Haven Studios showing how TAO programs are impacting the lives of the under-served members of our community. Continue reading

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Why artist compensation is important to TAO

TAO has the joy of combining the talents of a diverse community of artists in its delivery of outreach programs in the community.   Some folks dabble in the arts and others devote their lives to their craft.  Art is … Continue reading

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Toward a better understanding of dementia

Half the people in nursing homes suffer from Alzheimers’ disease or related dementia.   I the hate this statistic, as much as I hate that dreadful disease.  It means that far too many talented people will be robbed, little by little, … Continue reading

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