One of the scariest things about aging is the memory loss that often accompanies it. But now Brenham’s Unity Theatre is partnering with Brenham Nursing and Rehab on a new program to help.
Unity’s Education Development Manager Jamie Ward says it’s actually becoming more and more popular to being the arts and Artists in Residents into the healthcare system to create a change; transforming the care into something that provides growth for a population that some have given up on.
And for her, Ward says this one’s personal. More than 20 years ago, Ward says, she lived in a nursing home for a couple of weeks, taking caring that for a friend’s mom. And since that time, she goes on, her heart and passion has been for those people who are in residences. And even back then, she remembers thinking there must be some way she could give back as an artist, but I never really knew what that was.
That is, Ward tells Navasota News, until she came upon the website for a Wisconsin program called “Time Slips” that is aimed at restoring creative expression and growth for the elderly. The web address is timeslips.org.
The site, she goes on, is also where their stories are published so that families can view what they’ve created, and it also serves to hopefully inspire others who are dealing with dementia.
For more on the program details, Ward invites you to contact her. Email jamie@unity brenham.org, or call 979-830-1460. ext. 14.