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.

Emily Lu, 26, first saw the effects of art on those with Alzheimer’s as a student at Harvard. It inspired her to create the Harvard Alzheimer’s Buddies for the Arts Program. Now as a medical student at Emory University, she created the Museum Moments Program at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

The Longevity Genes Project, launched by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City suggests a factor in living a long life may in fact be a positive disposition.  The study included participants 95 years or older of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, 2/3rds of which were women.  This allow

Staying fit is key to aging healthily, and the Vitality 360 program run by Kendal at Hanover and Orchard Cover in Canton, Massachusetts is using a computerized approach to insuring their seniors remain active.  The program uses online assessment tools to track the health of their residents, whic

Ruth French, 71, recognized her husband Michael French was acting out, becoming more stubborn, and turning into a person she hardly recognized.  After considering a divorce, she found out that Mr.

A recent youtube video with close to 1 million hits has circulated the internet showing 94-year-old Henry, who has dementia, come alive after hearing some of his favorite music on an IPod.  This clip is from a one-hour film, “Alive Inside,” by Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen who began the

Memory Arts Café is a new series of free art events for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and the general public. The series takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and includes light refreshments and the opportunity to chat with the guest artists.

Last week we were in New York City attending an un-conference exploring healthy living and aging in our communities.  The un-conference brought together 150 professionals from an impressive variety of disciplines for a day and a half of conversation on how we can transform our environments to pr

Don't miss out on your chance to win $5,000 to begin a new arts program, or a continue an exisiting one in your health care facility, school, or community setting! 

Music therapy is now recognized around the world and can be used for a variety of results including speech disorders, palliative care and motor and emotional skills.

Music therapy is a growing tool used for rehabilitation. Music links to the part of the brain that controls memory, emotions and movement. It is especially helpful for older adults because it helps them cope with the grief experienced from aging.

Ivy Tech Community College presents a daylong workshop for profess

This workshop by Dance for Connection is designed to teach activity professionals, creative arts therapists, caregivers and others to create opportunities for people with dementia to dance and move joyfully.

The Vital Visionaries program is meant to improve medical students’ attitudes towards older adult patients. The program brought older adults and medical students together to create and discuss art at art museums.

This study tested TimeSlips effects on communication, neuropsychiatric symptoms and the quality of life for long-term care residents with dementia. TimeSlips participants illustrated improved communication skills and a higher degree of pleasure than the control.

TimeSlips is a ten-week storytelling intervention on dementia patients residing in long-term-care facilities. The TimeSlips program focuses on creative self-expression through group-generated stories for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

This study evaluated whether the health benefits related to tango-dancing programs could also work with adults with Parkinson’s disease. This 13 week study assessed a control and intervention group in balance, falls and gait. Only those with Parkinson’s Disease improved in all three measures.

This study used interactive storytelling as an intervention to improve blood-pressure among African Americans. All of the participants had hypertension and were studied for six months.

One hundred and twenty two older adults participated in a theatrical intervention twice a week for four weeks. The training included multi-modal or cognitive-affective-physiological activities. The theatrical group was compared with a no-treatment control and a singing intervention.