Caregiving CEU Foundations PDI

PDI.C | THE CREATIVE AGE: Welcoming People with Dementia and their Caregivers to your Museum, Bringing the Museum to your Facility

The National Gallery of Art September 27, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lorena Baines
Carolyn Halpin-Healy
Shanta Lawson
Rebecca McGinnis

Theory and practice of museum education for people with dementia and their caregivers will be presented and explored through experiential activities on site at The National Gallery of Art. This full-day workshop will engage participants in a presentation about the ways in which museum teaching through dialogue may foster improved mood and reduced apathy in people with dementia and their caregivers (indeed in all people!)

Participants will practice active listening in the context of art centered dialogue. We will engage in collective looking, response to and interpretation of a major work of art in the collection of The National Gallery followed by a guided, yet open ended art making experience designed to foster creative expression.

There will be plenty of time for discussion of both the theoretical and practical aspects of welcoming people with dementia and their caregivers to your museum or adapting this approach to care settings. Experienced practitioners as well as professionals new to this audience, who work in museums or care settings are all welcome.

Participants will dialogue over lunch in the museum’s acclaimed Cascade Café. (Lunch is not included in the session price.)


Presentation Outcomes

  • Learn how expertly guided, open-ended dialogue about art may stimulate cognitive function and emotional response
  • Understand the importance of active listening to develop participant centered technique
  • Recognize that guided, yet open-ended approaches to art making can create the circumstances for creative expression


Who will Benefit

  • Arts and humanities professionals including teaching artists, arts administrators, art therapists, performance artists, and older artists;
  • Aging service providers including: activity directors, caregivers, volunteers, administrators;
  • Arts and Humanities Agencies;
  • Civic and Community Leaders;
  • Entrepreneurs and business professionals who are re-imagining aging;
  • Family and Professional Caregivers and caregiving support networks;
  • Grantmakers, foundations, and social enterprise agents;
  • Healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, practitioners, gerontologists, and healthcare administrators;
  • Leaders in the field of social justice for livable communities and care of the aging;
  • Leaders in age-friendly and faith-based communities, parish nursing, and aging activists; andOlder adults who are seeking to flourish across the spectrum of aging.
  • Research professionals and academicians in the arts and humanities, aging and aging services, and healthcare;
  • Senior adults who are exploring ways to freshly engage aging and impact; and
  • Veteran’s and military service agencies, individuals, and networks.
  • All of the sessions are designed for the spectrum of attendees. The Master Thought Leaders are adept at making certain that content is both challenging and meaningful for every skill level.

5 CEU hours have been approved for this session in both Social Work and National Certification Council for Activity Professionals for registered participants.