Health & Wellness

Health and wellness can be achieved in many ways, including using creativity to work the mind and body. Research has shown that mental activity stimulated by arts activities can be especially beneficial to people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Cases of cognitive disabilities increase with age, so as the population lives longer more people will be diagnosed. By bringing arts programs to people with cognitive disabilities, you can create more opportunities for people with cognitive loss and their caregivers. In this section you'll find information about Health and Wellness programming, research, events, news and more.

Denise Reynolds, RD, explores the building research and programs which indicate that creativity positively impacts the lives of people with Alzheimer’s.  Reynolds cites a study done in 1999 at Brighton University which found that people with Alzheimer’s who participated in arts pr

After a long period of silencing his pain with drugs, Vietnam Veteran Louis McNair turned to art.  When McNair returned from duty he calmed himself by drawing, but eventually turned to drugs and is now using art again to express the loss he felt after 44 of his friends passe

As the population of older adults rises, the field of Gerontology is growing and expanding including professionals in nursing, art therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, physicians, dentists and more.  Many gerontology programs focus on a whole-person approach to healing wh
After working as secretary in a laboratory with doctors and scientists including a chemist and 1960 Nobel Prize Laureate Will Libby, Joan Percy went to school to get her bachelors and then eventually masters degree in Art from California State University.  Since then she has worke
Music can be an important tool in helping to decrease anxiety, stimulate memory, and regulate breathing and heartbeat, among many other health advantages for people with illnesses.  After a four week study of music therapy at University of Miami, people with Alzheimer’s had higher

Like New York, Oregon is making sure that their older population is provided with creative options.

Health care reform is a hot topic this summer with debates and demonstrations around the country. Regina Holliday is speaking her part by traveling around Washington, D.C.

Painting can be an extremely beneficial tool when exploring ones feelings when coping with an illness.  The Centra Alan B.

Caring for a parent or spouse that can no longer care for themselves can be difficult and draining.  To take off some of the pressure, St.

When Julia Strecher was 9-years-old she received her second heart transplant after her body rejected the first one putting her in cardiac arrest six times in two hours.  Memories from the traumatic event left her with constant nightmares and anxiety.  To relieve these feelings, she began writing

Guitarist and vocalist Marlina Teich travels around with other musicians in her group, Jazzheimers, an organization that brings jazz to people with Alzheimer’s in hospitals and other healthcare facilities in San Francisco.  Teich takes requests from her listeners who often sing or drum along dur

Judy Cone has been playing the organ, piano, and singing her entire life, and is now sharing her knowledge with other seniors.  Cone retired as Stratford High School’s choral director and found that older adults could also benefit by learning the organ.  She has found that her students physicall

A study conducted by Tufts University Health & Nutrition suggests that creative exercises such as crafts and music can be just as beneficial as healthy eating and physical exercise.  The three-year study which followed older men and women who participated in arts activities found that after

Nessa McCasey and her husband, Brad Miller, use poetry to help individuals and couples heal using words.  Their organization, Writers of Wrongs, promotes using poetry as a form of expression by providing prompts at the beginning of a session that stimulate their thinking and encourages writing

“New Horizons,” a musical group affiliated with Duke University’s lifelong learning program is part of a nationwide effort to encourage seniors to come back to playing music or start for the first time ever.  The musicians are from all backgrounds and include professors, bankers, fundraisers, an

"Call me Helen.”

That’s likely the opening words that University of Pennsylvania medical students will hear at their first day of class in Microbiology.

"Gloria Loughman began quilting to relieve stress due to chemotherapy.  Her art therapy has turned her into a world renowned quilter, winning the 2003 National Quilt Award and author of Luminous Landscapes, released in 2007.  After receiving an arts diploma at Warrnambool TAFE, she went on to

“The Ohio Department of Aging once again is partnering with the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) to solicit nominations for that organization’s fifth annual Practitioner of the Year award.

Several small-scale studies suggest some surprising benefits of listening to music, from the brain down to the blood vessels.