18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Li @Flash Fiction
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 19:46:50

    As our population ages, it becomes even more important to keep them as healthy and engaged as possible. The sorts of programs which you suggest and facilitate are instrumental not only in keeping the senior population healthy; it also helps to preserve their memories, stories, and histories for generations to come.


  2. zencherry
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 20:20:34

    Engaged. I love that word especially when not in a premarital context.
    Often are elders feel no longer useful. To be asked for their opinion and input is an invaluable tool in creating a visible society of elders who become the wise people they truly are.
    Again, proud of you Stuart.


    • Stuart Nager
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 07:55:32

      Social engagement is part of the lexicon changes that come with all this. It’s going back to making the elders of the tribe still remain part of the tribe, not outcasts. . Thanks Maureen.


      • zencherry
        Jun 20, 2012 @ 10:35:27

        btw? our not are in my previous statement. I am recently decaffeinated in my defense. 😀

  3. Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA@Cerebrations.biz
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 22:32:23

    The only problem is that who will have money to pay for this? As a certain party keeps stripping out government funds to insure that the rich can get richer…


    • Stuart Nager
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 09:49:38

      Roy, right now it’s going to happen through either grant money (which can be found; it’s what I was paid with) &/or the arts admins changing their budgets to meet this: again, mainly through grants. It’s not going to be easy: this is the start.


  4. music2spark
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 08:37:01

    Engagement is key. In addition to contacting Stuart, consider working with the certified specialists in your area to creative, engaging programs including: music therapists, art therapists, dance therapists, creative arts therapists (to name a few). They have training and experience to make this an environment one that will meet the needs and abilities of your elderly population.


  5. Janette Fuller
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 09:01:04

    I think the elderly begin to feel invisible. This program is a wonderful opportunity for self-expression and creativity. I know that I feel joy and happiness when I am creating art, music and stories. That does not change with age.


    • Stuart Nager
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 09:26:32

      Janette: ;it’s been a youth based culture for so long. So many centers and homes just became drop off points, and they worked on Hospital methods (time to take this, time to sit and listen to this, etc) without taking into account much of anything else.


  6. Lisa Wields Words
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 09:23:07

    This is so great Stuart! And so inspirational.


  7. Bonnie - Your Better Living Maven!
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 13:36:09

    What a Wonderful program. It seems that we have forgotten to appreciate the wealth of wisdom and experience we can find in our elders. I love hearing that they are being drawn into something that allows them to share their stories in an engaging and creative way.


  8. MuMuGB
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 09:06:01

    What a great program and what a great idea! There is so much untapped potential out there, and I would like to think that your initiative with bring generations closer.


  9. Nursing Homes
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 06:24:08

    I really enjoyed reading your post, it was very informative and I have bookmarked your site for future reference. Thanks you very much


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