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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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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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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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