Creative Aging

virtualaia20logo.jpgCreative Aging webcasts from AiA20

Creativity builds resiliency by encouraging exploration and adaptation, allowing us to connect with ourselves and others in new ways. Isn’t that exactly what we need right now? ASA has joined forces with Covia Communities to bring you a series of workshops selected from our 2020 annual conference. Join us to hear insider tips and examples of stretching your creative muscles in aging services work. Learn from experts who use arts and technology as they leverage community partnerships to explore creative conversations, wellness, equity, dementia and much more.

covialogo.JPGThere is no cost to participate, but all webcasts require pre-registration. You will receive a confirmation email with access to the presentation once you have completed the registration. If you register and cannot attend, you will receive information to access the recorded version of the presentation.

Includes complimentary CE Credits. Click here for a list of approved boards. 

Register now for the following presentations:

June 1, 10:00 AM PDT | Creative Aging Without Walls: Wellness at Your Doorstep

In our current era of smart phones, self-driving cars and robotic caregiving, many see technology as a barrier to social connection. A growing body of research and applied sciences have shown that technology gives us the ability to encourage social connections, expand creativity and positively impact wellness. This presentation will discuss how virtual platforms can support older adult education and connection. Attendees will learn practical ways in which these concepts can be applied in their work.

Presenters: Sadie Harmon, MFA, Dementia-Inclusive Communities Director, Elder Care Alliance; Jessica McCracken, MPA, Director, Ruth's Table; Katie Wade, LPC, MEd, Director, Social Call; both of Covia Communities.

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June 2, 10:00 AM PDT | Digital Destinations: A Creative Way of Driving Social Connectivity

Providing older adults with digital devices and technology training is being promoted as a strategy to address social isolation. What happens when a participant's social network is limited or non-existent? Learn about two nonprofit organizations that provide digital destinations for older adults seeking active social engagement. From comprehensive technology training to individual and group engagement opportunities, you will learn about creative models and partnership opportunities to connect older adults.

Presenters: Amber Carroll, MA, Director, Well Connected, Covia Communities; Lorraine Voytek, MS, Director, Connect Through Tech Programs for Senior, DOROT, Inc.; Katie Wade, LPC, MEd, Director, Social Call, Covia Communities.

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June 10, 12:00 PM PDT | Intergenerational Filmmaking Program: Cool Legacy Work

Documentary has become the field where, as the New York Times recently put it, "all the cool kids" are. Learn about an established intergenerational documentary filmmaking program that connects older adults, many homebound, with teens. Teens visit with older adults to develop friendship, records older adults' important stories and words of wisdom to help ensure they will not be forgotten. Learn about our program design and evaluation results, view short clips and hear from participants.

Presenters: Aaron Lubarsky, MA, Documentary Filmmaker, Old School Films; Judith Turner, EdM, MA, Senior Program Officer, DOROT, Inc.

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June 15, 12:00 PM PDT | Enhancing Human Connections Through Therapeutic Clowning Techniques and Drama Therapy for Healthcare Professionals and Caregivers

Play is an agent of change for healthcare professionals and acts as an alternative therapeutic modality for older adults. It can transform illness and hopelessness into opportunities for creativity, enrichment and joy for all diverse backgrounds. This workshop will explore the benefits of introducing boundless play, healthcare clowning and drama therapy for family and professional caregivers as universal tools for working with individuals with memory loss.

Presenters: Calvin Ku, Artistic Director, Medical Clown Project; Kari Rogenski, MA, Director, The Hummingbird Project, Sage Eldercare Solutions.

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June 23, 1:00 PM PDT | Memory Sunday, Memory Cafés, Music, and Beyond: Building a Dementia-Friendly Faith Community

As the number of persons with dementia and their caregivers increases within faith communities, challenges to keep them connected multiply. This session offers a theological/spiritual foundation for providing a dementia-friendly environment, and explores practical dementia-friendly ideas and resources, such as music and worship, Memory Café, Memory Sunday, Dementia Friends, support for caregivers, and ways to connect faith communities with local aging network providers and healthcare providers.

Presenters: Marty Richards, LICSW, MSW, Retired Gerontological Social Worker, Richards and Richards; Stephen Sapp, MDiv, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, University Of Miami; Trudy Sorensen, MSW, District Director, Lutheran Community Services Northwest; Karen M. Winston, MSW, Planner, Aging and Disability Services, City of Seattle Human Services Department.

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June 25, 11:00 AM PDT | Art, Wellness and Vital Involvement in Aging: Engaging Creativity

Learn from key development and research professionals specific strategies to engage elders and promote meaningful living through Art Wellness and Vital Involvement in Aging (AWVIA). Get details and examples of AWVIA in action from a teaching artist. AWVIA promotes creativity and meaningful living by engaging teaching artists and teaching Vital Involvement principles and practice to the artists and other participating staff. Implementation strategies will be provided.

Presenters: Linda Davis, MS, Co Founder and Executive Director, Aging, Wellness and the Arts Foundation; Helen Kivnick, LICSW, LP, PhD, Professor; University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

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