Engaging Older Adults and Persons with Dementia Through Performing Arts

  • 09 Mar 2015
  • 05 Apr 2015
  • Online




When: Monday, March 9th to Sunday, April 5th, 2015
(4 weeks) ONLINE weekly at your discretion
Cost: $240 (Students & Seniors $120) Registration 

Registration Deadline: Monday, Mar. 2, 2015
This workshop will only be offered if there is sufficient enrollment

Register at: www.aging.utoronto.ca

This course is structured using an ecological framework, moving from the micro to the macro levels. Each week will include a powerpoint presentation, readings, and multimedia pieces to watch and listen to. In addition, there will be arts activities and discussions to participate in as we go along. 

Week 1: Outline and Introduction to Performing Arts

  • What are the “performing arts?”
  • Why performing arts and aging?
  • An introduction to activities and exercises that can be used in our professional practices and personal lives

Week 2: The Individual - Microlevel Benefits and Application

  • What are the therapeutic benefits of the performing arts, particularly for older adults and persons with dementia?
  • An examination of work being done in Toronto and across North America

Week 3: The Interpersonal - Mezzo Level Benefits and Application

  • How the performing arts lead to deep and powerful interpersonal relationships relationships
  • An exploration of the performing arts and the social determinants of health
  • An introduction to the work of Anne Basting

Week 4: The Community and Beyond - Macro Level Benefits and Application

  • How the performing arts can effectively raise awareness of critical social issues
  • The performing arts and social change: Real world examples
  • An introduction to the work of Augusto Boal

Aynsley Moorhouse (MFA, MSW, RSW) is a Toronto-based artist and social worker specializing in aging, older age and memory loss. Her particular interest lies in how engaging with the arts can lead to personal growth and social change, especially in the field of gerontology. Aynsley has led theatre and storytelling groups for older adults and persons with dementia at Baycrest and at UHN’s Bitove Wellness Academy, and has facilitated workshops for healthcare professionals on integrating artistic practices into their work. In November 2014 she began her new role as a Social Worker at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

Registration and payment available online at www.aging.utoronto.ca

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