The Arts and Aging

Sheryl Bannes is an Artists in Residence in Central Montana working through the Artists in Communities and Schools Program.  She teaches writing classes to older adults, stressing the importance of creativity and social activities as essential to people later in life.  Tianta Nelson, Life Engagement Coordinator at Golden Eagle Plaza brings in guest speakers, musical groups and arts and crafts programs to her residents because she has seen their desire to learn and gain knowledge no matter their age.  Bannes can attest to that having had a 90-year-old in her writing class.  “He told me the reason he was doing this was that he had never done it.  He thought it was about time to learn,” said Bannes. 

Healthy Montana, June 2, 2009
Written By: Jenny Kunka