Expressive Arts with Elders

Expressive Arts with Elders : A Resource

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This engaging and practical book shows how older people who are disoriented or depressed or socially excluded by the process of ageing can experience a renewed sense of connectedness and life-affirmation through the expressive arts and arts therapies.

The contributors combine a thought-provoking analysis of theoretical considerations around the themes of aging, society and dementia with practical applications in a diverse range of creative arts including drama, music, art, dance and creative writing. They also include descriptions of innovative inter-generational and cross-cultural projects.

Professionals working with older people in a range of settings including residential homes, community centres and psychiatric care will find this book to be an indispensable guide to their practice.

Review of the first edition

;This book is comprehensive and program-oriented and will be of immeasurable help to professionals in the field of ageing. It is a lucid guide of successful and creative artistic programs which points the way to new dimensions in the field.'

- Jacqueline T. Sunderland, former president of the National Center on Arts and Ageing
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 170 x 232 x 16mm | 446g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1853028193
  • 9781853028199
  • 1,334,926

Table of contents

Forewords: 1. Empathetic Connections, Stanley Cath, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. 2. Why Some Older Adults Disconnect, George Sigel, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. Editor's Introduction, Naida Weisberg and Rosilyn Wilder. Poem: To You, Connector and Healer, Rosilyn Wilder Part One: Art Experiences Accessible To All. 1. Approaches to Training and Curriculum Design in the Visual Arts for the Elderly, Pearl Greenberg, National Lecturer on Art in Education and Gerontology. 2. "To Be Remembered" and Addendum: Thoughts of the Millenium, Georgiana Jungels, University of Buffalo, New York. Part Two: Dance and Movement: A Primary Art Expression. 3. "Can You Grab A Star?", Jocelyn Helm, DanceTherapist, New Jersey. 4. "My Cheeks are Rosy Anyway: I Can't be Dead", Dorothy Jungels, Everett Dance Company and Carriage House Theatre, Rhode Island and John Belcher, Musician, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Part Three: The Drama In Our Lives 5. First Encounters, Naida Weisberg and Rosilyn Wilder. 6. Life Journeys: The Stop-Gap Method with Elders, Don R. Laffoon, Victoria Bryan and Sherry Diamond, Stop-Gap Institute, California 7. `Secrets I Never Told Before,' Rose Pavlow, !Improvise!, Inc. 8. A Tapestry of Voices: From Interview to Script, Bernice Bronson, Playwright, Director, Actress, Rhode Island Part Four: Intergenerational: Youth and Elders Come Together 9. Youth and Elders Inter-Act, Rosilyn Wilder. 10. What Does It Mean To Be Hispanic in Rhode Island?, Naida Weisberg. 11. The Folk Tale as Catalyst, Rose Pavlow. Part Five: Music and Sound to Liberate the Individual. 12. Older Adults are Total People, Marian Palmer, Music Therapist. National Speaker/Consultant and Gerontologist, Florida. 13. A Route to the Heart in a Short-Term Care Hospital Setting, Christophe Greider, Music Therapist, St Barnabas Hospital, New Jersey. 14.We've No Less Days, Delight Immonen, Music Therapist, Rhode Island College Faculty. Part Six: Writing: The World Unites Past, Present and Future. 15. Is It Literature, Is It Art?, Laura Fox, Taproot Workshops, Long Island, New York. Part Seven: Connecting Elders: Empowering Groups. 16. The Creative Power Within Us, Marilyn Barsky, Clinical Psychologist, New Jersey. 17. Invocation of Group Process and Leadership, Marc Kaminsky, Psychotherapist, Gerontologist. New York. Biographical Sketches. List of Professional Organizations. Index.
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Review quote

The premise of the editors of this book is that the creative arts provide a powerful medium through which older people can express themselves and live more fulfilling lives. Its strength lies in the way in which the various contributors demonstrate how they turned these aims into a reality through dance and movement, drama, music and creative writing, using examples from their own work in a wide range of settings, from day centres to care homes...The book offers a useful compendium of new ideas. -- Mental Health Today I cannot tell you enough how incredible your sourcebook is... thank you for such a marvelous resource to artists interested in working with older adults! -- Jennifer Haywood, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Ithaca College Based in the USA the editors have produced a book which gives valuble information on strategies which have been used across the arts with older people in a range of settings and which also include descriptions of intergenerational and cross cultural projects. The contributors include specialists in music therapy, dance and drama, writing, horticulture, visual arts, as well as a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and a psychotherapist... I would suggest that this book is useful as a reference to support a storyteller in their work with elders. -- Society for Storytelling The purpose of Naida Weisberg and Rosilyn Wilder's book is to show ayonewho works with elders a wide range of expressive arts strategies. The book accomplishes its objective in an organized, informative, and entertaining manner by combining theory with practical suggestions and descriptions with lively anecdotes.This book is filled with songs of wonder as it celebrates the power of the imagination and creativity as a tool for helping elders and those who work with them. I urge you to accept the invitation to the metaphorical party. Read Expressive Arts with Elders and celebrate the playful, creative, artistic spirit that moves within each one of us in an ageless circle of life. -- Imagination, Cognition and Personality The book outlines a broad and interesting variety of approaches including art, dance and movement, drama, music and writing. A particular strength is the practice advice regarding instigating and maintaing such processes. -- Kevin Hope, The University of Manchester
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About Naida Wiesberg

Naida Weisberg, M.A., R.D.T., a co-founder of !IMPROVISE!, creative drama specialists and drama therapists, works with nursing home activity directors, university students, institutionalized adults and children of all ages. Rosilyn Wilder, Ed.D., R.D.T., is assistant professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. She is a creative art therapist with a private practice.
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