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"Opening Minds through Art" Program to Begin at Ursuline Center

Posted 2/2/2018

The Ursuline Center has been awarded a $1,500 grant from Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University, to implement the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program at the Center.

According to its website, “OMA is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Its failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. OMA also provides volunteers with opportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants.”

The program is being facilitated by Jess Gamby, the Center’s Life Enrichment Director who has undergone specific training to equip volunteers and implement the program.

Beginning in February and lasting for eight weeks, volunteers from the University of Toledo will be paired with a resident with dementia (artist) during a 90-minute OMA session. During the session, participants will sing songs and create beautiful pieces of art. An art show featuring residents’ works will be held following the eight-week program.

Some supplies are still needed for the program. If you have any of these items at home that are not being used, please contact Jess at 419-536-3535 or leave them at the Center.

              • Plastic dining trays (10 10x14 inch) (may have a donor)
              • Hand wipes
              • Name tags
              • Water buckets
              • Blue painters tape
              • Wax paper
              • Popsicle sticks
              • Netting material
              • Corrugated cardboard exposing the corrugation
              • Old calendars or pictures with landscapes and mountains
              • Scrap matte board