Art is more than a culture and a manifestation of expression, for Tidewater Arts Outreach, it’s a beacon of hope for the elderly with dementia. Last month, TAO held workshops for caregivers and the elderly to demonstrate how music, movement and singing can improve mood, core strength, emotional wellness – and the sessions were inspiring to say the least.
Licensed Physical Therapist/Dancer, Michele Martin Nielsen gives presentation to caregivers on best practices for developing and delivering live high-quality performing arts programming.
After the workshop, caregivers joined their patients in some fun singing and dancing activities. It was fun to see how a simple song could instantly change the mood of an elder person. Before we knew it, feet were tapping and hands were clapping along.
MaryAnn Toboz, Founder and Executive Director of Tidewater Arts Outreach talked about the organization’s core service components, which are training, advocacy and outreach and the impact the arts has on dementia and its need in healthcare.
Survey results show that TAO programs are highly valued for their content, quality and health and wellness benefits. Check out the videos for Music & Movement for Elders with Dementia and Singing for Elder Health and Wellness!