Creative Aging Directory - Goddard House Assisted Living

Program Title
Arts at Goddard
Program Summary

Arts at Goddard - Since opening 18 years ago, Goddard House Assisted Living has had a developing arts program. They offer expressive arts modalities in their performances, groups and classes related to the arts in both traditional assisted living and in their memory support program, Olmsted Place. Goddard House Assisted Living serves up to 150 adults annually. Interns from Berklee College of Music and Lesley University compliment a team of expressive arts therapists offering music, dance/movement, art, life storytelling and poetry to engage and enrich the lives of the older adults who live at Goddard House. They get involved an on-going basis with the world-class arts resources of Greater Boston - from museums to theaters and music performance groups.

Art diciplines incude dance, museums, music, opera, visual arts and life storytelling. 

Program Background and History

Founded in 1849, Goddard House is the oldest eldercare organization in Massachusetts. They consider the arts to be great opportunities for creativity, engagement, and self-expression. Their goal with regard to the arts has always been a two-way street - to offer the best program experiences to the people who live at Goddard House both in-house and offer them a wide variety of arts experiences in the community. Their mission extends to older adults who live in the community and they are an involved partner with other elder service organizations that offer arts experiences.

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Program-Specific Assessment and Evaluation

These programs are evaluated multiple times and are ongoing by means of interviews, individual assessments, attendance numbers, and cross organizations - Academic Institution reviews. Evaluations are conducted by the staff and a related agency or partner organization.

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Arts Discipline
Kinds of Creative Engagement/Program Focus
Creation of Original Work, Exhibiting Artwork, Viewing Artwork, Participate in a Class, Watch a Lecture/Demonstration
Kinds of Creative Engagement/Program Focus Other
Interdisciplinary Connections
Education, Employment, Volunteerism
Creative engagement
Target Audience
Frail Older Adults, People with Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia
Adaptive Program Design
Hearing Disabilities, Mobility Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities
Adaptive Program Design Other
Program Setting
Assisted Living
Program Service Area / Geography
Program Service Area / Geography Other