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?

#FREEFROMAGESIM – A Process of Transition and Freedom

Agism happens across the lifespan. We are always too old or too young. Others judge us and our ability based on how many years since our birth, and not the life within those years. They see items in a medical chart and determine our ability. It happens all the time and people get away with it every day.

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”

Hope and Healing

A key element to making all of this work though is the inclusion of those with dementia, of all different types and stories. It is from them that we will learn the boundary line, the place where helpful turns into demeaning, where good turns into harm, where head separates from heart.

The In-Between

“You have personality, Honey. That is so important in a woman!” -Mary R.  These words were repeated to me each day by a woman I once worked with, and for, in an assisted living community in North East Wisconsin. She was vibrant, she was honest, and she gave us a new way to look atContinue reading “The In-Between”

To Change the Landscape

I have always been interested in the connection between emotional memory and a theatre experience. Why can it at times tap into a part of oneself more than music? Yes, I dared to share that, MORE than music. My parents first took me to the theatre when I was 3 years old to see RodgersContinue reading “To Change the Landscape”