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Expressive Arts with Elders


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Forewords: 1. Empathetic Connections, Stanley Cath, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. 2. Why Some Older Adults Disconnect, George Sigel, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. Editor's Introduction, Naida Weisberg and Rosilyn Wilder. Poem: To You, Connector and Healer, Rosilyn Wilder Part One: Art Experiences Accessible To All. 1. Approaches to Training and Curriculum Design in the Visual Arts for the Elderly, Pearl Greenberg, National Lecturer on Art in Education and Gerontology. 2. "To Be Remembered" and Addendum: Thoughts of the Millenium, Georgiana Jungels, University of Buffalo, New York. Part Two: Dance and Movement: A Primary Art Expression. 3. "Can You Grab A Star?", Jocelyn Helm, DanceTherapist, New Jersey. 4. "My Cheeks are Rosy Anyway: I Can't be Dead", Dorothy Jungels, Everett Dance Company and Carriage House Theatre, Rhode Island and John Belcher, Musician, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Part Three: The Drama In Our Lives 5. First Encounters, Naida Weisberg and Rosilyn Wilder. 6. Life Journeys: The Stop-Gap Method with Elders, Don R. Laffoon, Victoria Bryan and Sherry Diamond, Stop-Gap Institute, California 7. `Secrets I Never Told Before,' Rose Pavlow, !Improvise!, Inc. 8. A Tapestry of Voices: From Interview to Script, Bernice Bronson, Playwright, Director, Actress, Rhode Island Part Four: Intergenerational: Youth and Elders Come Together 9. Youth and Elders Inter-Act, Rosilyn Wilder. 10. What Does It Mean To Be Hispanic in Rhode Island?, Naida Weisberg. 11. The Folk Tale as Catalyst, Rose Pavlow. Part Five: Music and Sound to Liberate the Individual. 12. Older Adults are Total People, Marian Palmer, Music Therapist. National Speaker/Consultant and Gerontologist, Florida. 13. A Route to the Heart in a Short-Term Care Hospital Setting, Christophe Greider, Music Therapist, St Barnabas Hospital, New Jersey. 14.We've No Less Days, Delight Immonen, Music Therapist, Rhode Island College Faculty. Part Six: Writing: The World Unites Past, Present and Future. 15. Is It Literature, Is It Art?, Laura Fox, Taproot Workshops, Long Island, New York. Part Seven: Connecting Elders: Empowering Groups. 16. The Creative Power Within Us, Marilyn Barsky, Clinical Psychologist, New Jersey. 17. Invocation of Group Process and Leadership, Marc Kaminsky, Psychotherapist, Gerontologist. New York. Biographical Sketches. List of Professional Organizations. Index.

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Help older people experience a renewed sense of life-affirmation through the expressive arts and arts therapies

About the Author

Naida Weisberg,M.A., R.D.T., a co-founder of!IMPROVISE!, creative drama specialists and drama therapists, works with nursing home activity directors, university students, institutionalized adults and children of all ages. Rosilyn Wilder, Ed.D., R.D.T., is assistant professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. She is a creative art therapist with a private practice.


'This book is comprehensive and program-oriented and will be of immeasurable help to professionals in the field of aging. It is a lucid guide of successful and creative artistic programs which points the way to new dimensions in the field.' -Jacqueline T. Sunderland, former president of the National Center on Arts and Aging

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