Bringing Elderwise to You

Our cultural enrichment Outreach Program takes elements of Elderwise to other facilities serving elders.  We take the Elderwise approach to independent- and assisted-living centers, continuing care facilities, nursing homes, and non-residential settings serving older adults. Our much-loved watercolor classes, discussion groups and unique, spirited movement sessions are tailored to the needs and schedules of the facility and participants.

We can provide a series of classes, as well as train your staff to facilitate the classes, that explore the creativity and imagination of participants through Spirit-centered Care.  Please contact info@elderwise.org to discuss how Elderwise can enhance the programming at your facility.

Community Partnerships

Through partnerships with other like-minded organizations, we can expand our circle of connection, creativity, and compassion.  We partner with Seattle Parks and Recreation to provide "Arts in the Park" sessions in local parks with a curriculum that integrates with the natural setting.  We also partner with the Edmonds Center for the Arts on their Dementia-Inclusive Series, which offers wonderful experiences for friends and families to enjoy together.

In 2009, we partnered with the Frye Art Museum and the Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington to develop a museum gallery and studio program especially for persons with dementia and their care partners. This program was inspired by and modeled after a similar program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The key contributions by Elderwise have been sharing our unique “Elderwise Way” of working with this population and sharing our expertise and experience teaching watercolor, collage and other artistic techniques with this group.  

As part of the Momentia Seattle Stewardship Team, we are part of a broader Momentia movement which aims to empower people with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community.  We hope you will join us!

The class went well, and everyone expanded their creative horizons.
Thank you,
— Susan Dissman, Providence ElderPlace, Activities Director
Bonnie’s weekly watercolor class has such heart! She provides a calm, nurturing, and supportive environment for both our trained artists, as well as those who are discovering their creative gifts.
— Linda Solbeck Berthy, Horizon House, Activities
Your work with elders has brought such joy to our family and so many others. The times we spent watercoloring with Wilda were some of the richest connections in her final 2 years of life. And we have the art she created and have framed several to give as gifts to her loved ones. Bless you in your soulful work
— Alicia and Edie, Outreach participant family members