Category Archives: Training and Workshops

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 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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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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‘Life In Transit’ Project for Victims of Domestic Violence

Tidewater Arts Outreach shares the joy and healing power of the arts with many people, from all walks of life.  A common denominator of those we serve is that they are living with special needs that set them apart, or … Continue reading

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Old Man in a Nursing Home Reacts to Hearing Music from His Era

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ&sns=fb

This speaks so well to the power of music to stimulate us emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually… it’s just amazing to see this reaction. TAO artists see it with great regularity!

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Musician tips for programs with seniors in long-term care

Proximity, eye contact and clarity are key when communicating with seniors Music, the Universal Language Without words, music touches us intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and physically.  Lyrics and songs can bring back memories from across decades.  Because we internalize music in … Continue reading

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Communication tips for seniors and others with special needs

TAO artists are well known for sharing happiness and providing stimulation and inspiration, through the arts. Our goals are to create client-centered creative arts experiences that involve and engage participants, from the moment we walk into a room or building, … Continue reading

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