Related Toolkits

Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Older Adults

American Art Therapy Association

About this toolkit:
“Art therapy promotes wellbeing at every age. Active older adults relax, explore, share, and enjoy art therapy’s creative and social aspects … it is rewarding, appealing, and fun! For older adults, art therapy helps individuals cope with complex agerelated issues including mental and physical illness or limitation, lifestyle transition, end-of-life decisions, grief, expression and communication.”

Creativity Matters The Arts and Aging Toolkit

National Center for Creative Aging & New Jersey Performing Art Center

About this toolkit:
“Designed for the arts and aging services fields, this resource explains why and how older adults benefit from participating in professionally conducted community arts programs and offers detailed advice and examples on program design, implementation and evaluation.”

StoryCorps: The Commemorate Toolkit

StoryCorps Memory Loss Initiative

About this toolkit:
“The Memory Loss Initiative has created a unique toolkit called Commemorate, designed to help organizations record, share, and preserve the stories of clients living with memory loss.

The Commemorate Toolkit offers memory loss care facilities across the country a new individualized reminiscence program they can add to their existing roster of person-centered care activities. Offering Commemorate interviews to people living with memory loss can enhance bonds between clients, caregivers, and staff and reduce common feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. These interviews also offer clients and their families the opportunity to preserve the legacy of individuals living with memory loss.”