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Opening Minds Through Art

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. It's failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. OMA also provides volunteers with opportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants.  Click here to learn more about the OMA program.

Richmond-based Art for the Journey implemented its first OMA program at St. Mary's Woods, an assisted living community also in Richmond, VA.  In addition, the talented and committed staff at Art for the Journey have already begun training and certifying new OMA facilitators, many of whom are LeadingAge Virginia members, with the goal of expanding the OMA program throughout Virginia.

In addition to being a vehicle for wellness and healing for the artists, a critical component of this innovative program from Scripps Gerontology Center/Miami University, OH, is participation from an enthusiastic and energetic group of Virginia Commonweatlh University students, making OMA a unique intergenerational collaboration.

Several LeadingAge Virginia members were recently certified by Art for the Journey in 2017, and several more have already committed participate in the online course and certification program. To learn more about the program, visit Opening Minds through Art and look for the "Hybrid Training" link.  Continuing education credits are available. For questions, contact Cindy Paullin, Assistant Executive Director, Art for the Journey.