First-ever Baltimore Orioles Wellness Week

First-ever Baltimore Orioles Wellness Week

First-ever Baltimore Orioles Wellness Week at Ed Smith Stadium. Arts for Health Sarasota-Manatee was invited to participate in the 2018 Wellness Week hosted by the Baltimore Oriels at the ballpark in Sarasota, August 6 & August 8. This first-ever (and they hope annual) wellness day event at the Ed Smith Stadium proved to be a valuable opportunity for AFH S-M to meet and engage wellness week attendees, baseball fans and

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SoloSynergy – An Intergenerational Program

SoloSynergy – An Intergenerational Program

The team is facilitating an intergenerational program with Carrie Mill’s VPA students at Booker Middle and older adults. They need your help in voting for this pilot program that is an inter-generational education outreach program called “SoloSynergy” that gives 2 groups a larger voice in the world. Middle school children and adults aged 60+ often feel lonely and lost. SoloSynergy brings these groups together to share their stories, mentor each

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Balancing a Rewarding Job with Work of the Heart

Balancing a Rewarding Job with Work of the Heart

Article by Linda Joffe Arts for Health Sarasota-Manatee Member Practitioner Profile: Linda Odom A trio of highly stressful events in the late 1990s set Linda Odom, then on the management fast track at Delta Airlines, on a wholly unexpected path into the expressive arts. After 29 years, she’s still at Delta, but not on the same career track; she’s back to her roots as a flight attendant. Balancing her time

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Sex, Intimacy & Aging

Sex, Intimacy & Aging

A rousing one-woman performance by Hedda Matza-Haughton, she invites the audience to explore intimacy and aging through the stories of her characters. There is a character who only loved one person who passed and left them to figure out life alone, another who is facing cancer and afraid of losing her identity, a man who is coming to terms with his mortality while not letting anyone know his pain, and

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Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

The story in Brief: Physical exercise has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain – an area that controls memory, learning, and balance. A new study, comparing different forms of exercise – dancing and endurance training – undertaken by elderly volunteers for eighteen months, shows that both can have an anti-aging effect on the brain, but only dancing corresponded to a noticeable difference in behavior. This difference is

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Inspires and Informs Listeners on WSLR 96.5 FM Community Radio

Inspires and Informs Listeners on WSLR 96.5 FM Community Radio

On May 16, 2018, Hedda had the privilege of being on the local community radio station, WSLR 96.5 on the program RESET, which airs every Wednesday night at 9 PM EST. She shared her insights on the power and health benefits laughter in joy, her personal experiences with life challenges and news on her upcoming laughter events in the Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida area. Hedda would like to thank Sharon De Folta,

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How Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and Dance Therapy Help People with Cancer

How Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and Dance Therapy Help People with Cancer

By Meredith Begley, Thursday, April 5, 2018 Summary The path to feeling better goes far beyond conventional medicine. Creative arts therapists at Memorial Sloan Kettering help people with cancer craft meaning out of their experiences. Art has a proven, powerful effect on the healing process. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, patients, family members, and friends can incorporate visual arts, music, and dance into a care plan with the help of skilled therapists.

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Recent Art Therapy Research: Measuring Mood, Pain and Brain

Recent Art Therapy Research: Measuring Mood, Pain and Brain

Here is two recent art therapy studies of interest: 1) One focuses on the role of art therapy in possible improvement of mood and reduction of pain perception in patients hospitalized for medical conditions; 2) the second uses a common neurological instrument to compare cortical activity after art making with rote motor movements. Art therapy improves mood and reduces pain and anxiety when offered at the bedside during acute hospital

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Discover More Joy in Aging

Discover More Joy in Aging

Join us for an interactive, fun-filled morning focusing on how you can increase laughter and joy in your daily life. Discover joy in aging and how laughter has positive health outcomes. You will be laughing and at the same time learning the physical and emotional benefits of laughter and joy, including research in this area.