SoloSynergy – An Intergenerational Program

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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 …

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 …

Sex, Intimacy & Aging

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

Art boosts long-term mental health – new study

Taking part in art classes can improve mental health and enhance social inclusion over a prolonged period, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. Anglia Ruskin University conducted an evaluation of an NHS initiative, Open Arts Essex, which consisted of 12-week arts courses in community venues in the county. Participants included mental health service …

Dance as an Integrative Therapy

Baron Jill R. Published Online:7 Jun 2016https://doi.org/10.1089/act.2016.29053.jrb Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers A love of music and dance led Jill R. Baron, MD, MS, FAAFP, IFM, ABIHM, NCMP, to investigate the research on the clinical application of dance as an integrative therapy. Dr. Baron discovered that many dance types, including Zumba® and tango, affect both neurologic and psychologic health, and can help …

15th Annual Florida Creativity Conference

Florida Creative Conference

Grow Your Creativity in Sarasota March 23-25, 2018 SARASOTA, FL. (February 15, 2018) – This year the 15th Annual Florida Creativity Conference will showcase 46 presenters from 9 states, as well as dynamic speakers from Colombia (South America) and The Netherlands. Personally and professionally, the importance of growing human creativity at this time in the 21st century cannot be overestimated. Innovation …