Elizabeth Lokon, PhD
Scripps Gerontology Center
396 Upham Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that creative expression improves their physical and psychological well-being. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.
The program is implemented in group sessions: Up to 12 people with dementia with the assistance of 12 trained volunteers working on a one-to-one basis.The art-making sessions culminate in a gallery exhibition celebrating the artists’ accomplishments while educating the public about the creative capacities of people with dementia.
OMA was founded in 2007 by Dr. Lokon at the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio. OMA annually serves 200 pairs of elders and volunteers. In 2011, OMA received the Best Practice Award from LeadingAge Ohio.
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May 28-30, 2014
OMA Facilitator Training Event in Cincinnati, Ohio