Click below to hear this sweet radio interview with Elderwise artist and participant featured in the exhibit at City Hall. http://komonews.com/news/local/a-unique-art-exhibit-where-the-artists-dont-remember-creating-some-of-the-pieces
From 6 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, join the Art of Alzheimer's and for a dynamic panel presentation exploring Art, Creativity and Dementia including Cara Lauer as a panelist . Consider how living with dementia can unleash our creative spark, learn about ways that the creative arts can improve our well-being, and discover local options for dementia-friendly arts engagement. Free and open to the public. Seattle City Hall Bertha Landes Room, 600 4th Ave, First Floor. For more information, please visit www.theartofalzheimers.net/.
Panelists include: Marigrace Becker, Program Manager of Community Education & Impact, UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center
Lee Burnside, Clinical Assistant Professor, Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Harborview Medical Center
Cara Lauer, Executive Director, Elderwise
Alice & Paul Padilla, Momentia Ambassadors
Moderator: Wendy Lustbader, MSW, Author of "Life Gets Better - The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older"
In honor of The Artist Within exhibition at Seattle City Hall, reporter Chris Daniels came to Elderwise to see where much of the art on exhibit was created. Check out this link to see us featured on the news!
The first exhibit of it's kind to show work by people living with dementia, The Art of Alzheimer's is putting on 'The Artist Within' which will include Elderwise paintings from our Adult Day Program and Outreach Programs. For more information about this exciting project, please visit The Art of Alzheimer's website.
Authored by dementia-friendly activists in Seattle, this op-ed piece highlights the important progress made as we work to de-stigmatize dementia in our community. Please click the link below to read the full article. From Dementia Fearful to Dementia Friendly
More inspiring and good news that we are grateful to be a part of! Check out this article featured on alzheimers.net to see how dementia-friendly farming at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands has had positive effects on our community.
We are excited to be a part of Momentia Seattle and share this good news! Click here for the article published through AgeWise King County highlighting some of the positive things happening in our community.
This video was published on Al Jazeera America News on May 18, 2014.Read More
In October 2009, Elderwise, The Frye Art Museum and The Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington embarked on a journey to work together to create a program similar to that of the Meet Me at MOMA program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The goal was to welcome people with dementia into the Frye Art Museum for a facilitated museum experience and a studio art experience. The Frye Museum here:now program is now up and running. It provides social and creative opportunities, intellectual stimulation and personal satisfaction for persons with dementia and their care partners.
We are happy to have participated in the development of the here:now program and our Adult Day Center Director Tamara Keefe continues to be integrally involved in the program and in creating the artistic studio experience.
You can feel the excitement in the air as the time approaches for our annual art auction, when Elderwise participants and staff members each donate paintings for the auction. This year our paintings were lovingly matched with used frames rehabbed for the occasion and enhanced with matting and color backing by our board secretary, Jeanette Ruby. In addition the artist biography was not only on a poster displayed at the auction, but was professionally attached to the backs of each painting. The Elderwise staff, board and volunteers worked hard to arrange the paintings artistically, set up the bid sheets for the silent auction, and create a beautiful sit down buffet. We were overjoyed that Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, director of the Frye Art Museum agreed to be our keynote speaker. As always, Jo-Anne gave a heartfelt talk that truly inspired us on the importance of making art an interactive experience for the whole community and her words are backed by the many programs the Frye Art Museum has available for the community.
Elderwise participants are the stars at the art auction. They bring their family members and show off their art work and the beautiful cards made from scans of their paintings. They celebrate with other participants and their families, and see people gladly pay appreciative money for their art works. We thank all those who attended the auction and who bought paintings to support the Elderwise mission.
Elderwise moved to its new home in Horizon House one year ago. Being welcomed into the Horizon House Community marked an important step for Elderwise: we are now associated with a well-respected organization, increasing the sustainability for our non-profit.
This move provides us stability for our progressive ideas about working with the frail elder. It supports us while we continue to enrich the field of aging in our Adult Day Center located inside of Horizon House and provides a foundation for our outreach programs in the greater Seattle area, and through our educational programs in the communities beyond.