Health & Wellness

Health and wellness can be achieved in many ways, including using creativity to work the mind and body. Research has shown that mental activity stimulated by arts activities can be especially beneficial to people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Cases of cognitive disabilities increase with age, so as the population lives longer more people will be diagnosed. By bringing arts programs to people with cognitive disabilities, you can create more opportunities for people with cognitive loss and their caregivers. In this section you'll find information about Health and Wellness programming, research, events, news and more.

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare's 23rd annual International conference is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in arts and health best practices, model programs, and cutting-edge research. 

The ASA Conference, with more than 3,000 attendees, is recognized as a showcase for programs and projects that can be replicated, a forum for policy discussion and advocacy, and a prime source of information on new research findings in aging.

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Dr. Boyd turns 100-years-old!

As a multi-institutional collaboration, The Washington ,DC ,Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium’s (WAGECC) mission is to improve the health, quality of life, and potential of older persons, particularly those in underserved areas, by providing interprofessional education and support to he


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Art museums make great first dates, but they can make even better dates when one partner is living with dementia.

People with dementia improve their communication skills after participating in TimeSlips' storytelling program, according to a recent University of Missouri study.

Artist and feminist Tina Dolter is on a one-woman crusade to prove that growing old does not mean growing ugly. Well, it's a one-woman crusade if you don't count the dozen women, all over 40, who struck poised and alluring poses for Dolter to paint.

It's not often that healthy living is so fun. But by acting in a play, jamming on the saxophone, or participating in any other creative activity, older adults can increase the blood flow to their brains, strengthen their immune system and ward off depression, according to multiple studies.

Danny Bianchino celebrated his 90th birthday the same way he spent the majority of his ninety years: dancing. During his service in World War II, Bianchino caught the jitterbug and has not stopped dancing since.

Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that living to be 100 has a lot to do with how individuals deal with stressful situations.

Everyone interprets art differently, especially so by people with dementia according to Dr. John Zeisel's new book, I'm Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer's Care.

Sex, food and illegal drugs normally trigger the release of a substance called dopamine in the brain, which accounts for the feeling of pleasurable rush that accompanies each experience. Now, researchers from McGill University say music has the same effect.

What started as a challenge to golf 90 holes on his 90th birthday has turned into a spectacle of strength for California resident Cy Breen and a windfall for the Jody Klein Breast Cancer Fund, which has received $125,000 from the past decade of Breen’s birthdays spent on the green.

Early-onset dementia can be just as hard on the spouse as it is on the person with it. When George Hadas was diagnosed with the condition, his wife Rachel turned to poetry. George's disease "presented an enormous cognitive challenge, not only for him but for me," she says.

After battling cancer and braving the ensuing medical bills, it can be hard to laugh.

In 2008 the Veteran's Health Administration reinvented the nursing home system as a person-centered care model, re-training staff and even renaming homes as "Community Living Centers" to better serve their residents.

Horticulture therapist Coral Ayerst has teamed up with Limelight Floral Design owner Kyla Reveley to use flower power to help people with Alzheimer's.