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Staff Have Fun Painting While Learning Valuable Insights about Caregiving

” I learned to put trust in another person when I could hardly trust myself.” Caregiver and workshop participant

Nineteen staff members of a senior living community gathered for an art workshop unlike any they ever expected. Some were already nervous about painting for the first time. But before they could even put their first brushstroke on their canvas, they learned that any expectations they had of learning how to paint were going to involve a lot more than listening to and watching the instructor!

With their eyes closed and relying on their other senses, they worked collaboratively with their peers to complete their beach paintings. This was just one of the many challenges that they had to overcome that gave them a deeper insight and empathy for those they care for who have mobility and sight impairments.

After completing a collaborative diptych (a painting composed of two panels), participants were asked what they appreciated or learned. Many people shared that they learned how to trust others, value teamwork, and appreciated getting to know other members of the staff in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. One person shared: “I learned that painting is a beautiful thing; it shows how beautiful the world can be when you share it with people you love.”

Daughters Open Doors to Creativity for Others

Since the summer of 2017, the daughters of one of our former clients have been sponsoring other nursing home residents to participate in our creative aging programs through a scholarship in their mom’s honor and memory. We are so very grateful, as are the many seniors who’ve painted because of their generosity!

“Our mother, Marion McAboy, had the rewarding experience of painting for the first time due to the generous gift of a late patient and his family. The fact that Mom had dementia and a stroke did not stand in her way of enjoying this creative activity.

After seeing how much our mother enjoyed her experience, we wanted it to continue. It proved to us to be a beneficial and needed therapeutic experience for both patient and family.  Mom used to tell us as kids that embracing the unknown of new experiences can be challenging but exciting, like an adventure.

Thus, in memory of our Mom, it is our honor and privilege to establish ‘Marion’s Adventures.’ This is a monthly gift for other patients to enjoy an opportunity to enjoy a fun and rewarding creative experience and thereby allowing them as well as us to share in Mom’s fulfilling adventure.”

Connie Gier and Sharon Connor , October 2017

Over $2,000 in art scholarships awarded in 2018!

Recognizing that many of our seniors have very limited financial resources, we offer scholarships through our Benevolent Fund for those who need a little help to be able to participate in our private-pay programs. We fund these scholarships for seniors in our community by donating a portion of our profits, as well as partnering with our client families and members of our community who help us with donations through memorial gifts and sponsorships.

In gratitude for the blessings we have received from some of our anonymous client families in 2018 who have generously provided these opportunities for others, we offer a huge and color-filled thank you!

Just a few of our happy recipients!

April 28th Luncheon & Art Party Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association

Learn to paint something beautiful and support a great cause!

Join us at the Camino Real in Berryville, VA for a fun afternoon of painting, and help us help others all at the same time! We’ll start off with a delicious Taco Bar lunch, and then receive step-by-step guidance to complete a beautiful spring landscape. All supplies will be provided, and don’t worry, no prior art experience is necessary! Profits raised benefit the vital work of the Alzheimer’s Association.

General Admission $60   Fee includes instruction, all supplies, as well as a delicious Taco Bar from 12:00-1:00 (with chicken, beef and all the fixings!) and soda, tea and water.

Get Your Tickets Today!   Click Here    Space and supplies are limited to 30 participants.  

I’m excited to partner with Team Greenfield again this year to help raise money in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year our art party event raised over $1,000!

Congratulations Inova LNRC on AHCA Gold Award

Congratulations to the entire staff at Loudoun Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (LNRC) in Leesburg, VA on having received the prestigious GOLD AWARD from the American Health Care Association this month!

We are truly honored to be part of your innovative approach to health and wellness at LNRC. Thank you for four beautiful years of working with your residents! Here’s to the gift of the arts in our lives and the immense joy that is spreading down your halls!

 

Meadow Glen’s Open House Celebrates Their Resident Artists

On June 1st we had the great joy of showcasing the beautiful artists we get to work with at Meadow Glen Assisted Living. Residents and visitors enjoyed our slideshow and exhibit featuring a sampling of the hundreds of paintings Meadow Glen’s residents have created in the nearly four years they’ve had me coming there. As a special added treat, attendees were given an opportunity to experience for themselves just how easy and enjoyable it is to follow our guided painting process! Two beautiful collaborative beach paintings were created that night by eight brave residents, families, staff and visitors!  

A special thank you to the Executive and Activities Directors at Meadow Glen for inviting us to be part of their Open House. Here’s to the beauty and joy their residents are bringing into our lives!

Art Party to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

 

Join us April 29, 2017 1-4pm at Greenfield Senior Living in Berryville, VA for what is sure to be a fun afternoon! 

All supplies will be provided, as well as light refreshments. Seating is limited to 30 guests and we are expecting this event may sell out quickly, so don’t delay. Profits raised benefit the vital work of the Alzheimer’s Association. Get your tickets today! 

Early Bird $50 (until April 15);  General Admission $65 (starting April 16 )

Click here to buy your tickets:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-party-fundraiser-to-benefit-the-alzheimers-association-tickets-32784225501

 

Our clients’ art helps support mission of Alzheimer’s Association

Greenfield Senior Living of Berryville, VA in partnership with Art Together recently hosted a silent art auction with all proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The artwork was created by the residents who have participated in our programs over the past two years. Thanks to the generous donations of more than 25 paintings by residents and their families, and the generous donations by attendees, the event was able to raise $930 in just 90 minutes! Wow!!

Here’s to the gift of the arts in our lives….and the blessings and healing they can bring to others!

Free Dementia Education Workshop on Nov 12, 2014 in Leesburg

Please join me at this 1/2 day event specifically designed for families and caregivers of individuals with memory impairments. Speakers include a geriatric pyschiatrist, neurologist, senior advisor, author, as well as yours truly! It will be held November 12th at the Best Western Hotel in Leesburg, VA (727 E. Market St.). Registration and breakfast start at 8:00am and the event ends at 12:30pm.

Admission is free but registrations are required. Click here to see the details about the event, and/or to register.