Emotional Memory

It was not talked about, I never saw the program or ticket, but I knew. I could remember. When I was little my parents took me to see a local theatre production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s, Cinderella. I was too little to remember anything that happened, from where we sat in the theatre, to whichContinue reading “Emotional Memory”

For You, Our Activity Professionals

To all Activity Professionals, working in great and beautiful ways, I say, THANK YOU! Keep going! We need you! You enrich the lives of others in ways you may never be able to understand. Keep dreaming, imagining, playing, envisioning a better way to fill your calendar and the time you spend with those you serve.

How do We Value Our Care Communities?

I wonder if the industry is paralyzed by fear and the judgment of what the community and industry will think of who they are as an organization and care community? I wonder if we fear to look like a stereotype or will be judged if we don’t have a chandelier in our entryway?

Fellow Visionaries! Do Not Give Up!

Every once in a while I hear a peer of mine say they are going to give up trying. Burnt out by the current medical and care world, tired of being told their ideas are not worthy of exploration or not inline with the “industry standards.” They are tired. We are tired. Not too longContinue reading “Fellow Visionaries! Do Not Give Up!”

Aging and the NADTA Conference

A conversation has started. Finally! This past week, I attended the North American Drama Therapy Association’s annual conference as a presenter. It was a groundbreaking year with an entire afternoon of workshops and discussions revolving around aging. In a profession that has intentionally or unintentionally discriminated against working with this population, this is a massiveContinue reading “Aging and the NADTA Conference”

Seeking a Better Way

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Improv and Dementia

For a moment we became a support group in play, showing our humanity and our desire to be in community with others, seen, heard, acknowledged. Our common thread of dementia became just that, a common thread. Not an “issue” to fix or something to try to hide.