Our memory support therapies at Westminster Canterbury Richmond include music, art, horticulture and exercise. They involve more than residents. Family members, staff, and even our teen volunteers during summertime can participate and engage. One program in particular,
Opening Minds through Art, or OMA, is proudly supported by Westminster Canterbury Foundation and incorporates intergenerational art projects for people with dementia. This five-week series, aimed at promoting social engagement, autonomy and dignity through art making, is adapted to meet residents’ current needs. Each week, resident artists of the Mary Morton Parsons Health Center, The Gables and Monticello team up with Westminster Canterbury volunteers to create beautiful artwork. As one volunteer attests, “The OMA program makes such an incredible difference in the lives of the residents and the volunteers! I’ve always loved art, but now, after volunteering in OMA, I have an even greater respect for how art nourishes the heart, spirit and mind in ways I never thought about before.” Indeed it does! Watch how residents and staff volunteers interacted and learned together during this spring’s OMA!
Learn more about this award-winning program by clicking here.