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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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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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Diary of a Sing-a-Long for Seniors with Dementia

When I arrived at the memory care facility, 11 residents were seated in the front living room, in a circle around the perimeter. Almost everyone smiled in greeting; one man was vacantly absent. A young, smiling and empathetic staff-person wheeled … Continue reading

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Repost from TAO Artist Zach Bridges

Zach Bridges writes eloquently about his experience as a TAO artist at a Portsmouth, VA nursing home.  Using lessons learned from our artist manual and coupling it with his own talents and tenacity, he created some intimate and very special moments for deserving, yet under-served seniors in our community.  Kudos to Zach!  and encouragement to all our artists to always strive to connect with the participants in your program.  They are just like you and me, only older. 

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

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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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