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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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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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Community Involvement as a TAO Program Host

For those who want to visit with folks living in nursing homes and other long-term care settings, but are not sure how to go about it, or what to do once you get there, consider linking with TAO programs as … Continue reading

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What are the Benefits of the Arts in Long-Term Care Settings?

Tidewater Arts Outreach music, arts and performing arts experiences are beneficial in many ways: • They enrich the soul, stimulate the mind and promote wellness through the healing power of music and the arts, • They allow our special needs … Continue reading

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