Documentary on positive impact of creative arts on Alzheimer’s screens in Palm Coast, Florida August 2015

Documentary on creative activities in dementia will be shown 31 August in Palm Coast, Florida. Pop by if you are in the area!

I Remember Better When I Paint

The documentary I Remember Better When I Paint screens on August 31, 2015 in Palm Coast, Florida hosted by the  Palm Coast Arts Foundation in partnership with Florida Hospital Flagar, the Flagler County Art League and the Central and North Florida of the Alzheimer’s Association.

When: Monday, August 31, 2:00 pm
Where: Florida Hospital Flagler, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway (south entrance, classrooms A&B)
Registration: There is no cost to attend, however pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact the Palm Coast Arts Foundation at (386) 263-2991 or to secure your reservation.

I Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and…

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11 Off-beat Alzheimer’s therapies

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Celebrate this most illusory of human emotions and the activities that can bring about well-being.

Dolls? Horses? Connect Four?

Believe it or not, these things can act as therapies for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Check out the quirky list below. See what other seemingly strange things can help your loved ones. Continue reading

What is a gerontologist?

Aging is nothing new to societies; however, the term gerontology was first used in 1903. Contemporary gerontology, as a scientific field of study, began in the early to mid-1900s, with a notable boom after 1990. While those who work with aging adults may be familiar with the term gerontology, it is not widely known in the general public. I thought I would write a bit on what gerontology is and what a gerontologist does.

What is Gerontology?

The word gerontology comes from the Greek word geron, meaning “old man,” and the Greek word –logia, meaning “study of.” Gerontology is different from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that specializes in the treatment of older adults – the opposite of pediatrics.

Gerontology is the study of aging, focusing on the biological, psychological, cognitive, and sociological aspects of aging. Gerontologists view aging in terms of four distinct processes: chronological aging, biological aging, psychological aging, and social aging.  Continue reading