Pictured above: Dorothy Damon (left) and Veryl Oberdiek (right), Armbrook Village residents
WESTFIELD, MA — This past July, Armbrook Village Senior Living launched Open Art Studio, a bi-weekly program in which residents create art pieces to be displayed in the community using a variety of mediums including oil pastels, markers, crayons, clay and sculpting tools, acrylic paints, watercolor paints, and more.
Open Art Studio is offered to all assisted living residents at Armbrook including those who are part of ConnectedLIFE, a therapeutic program option specifically meant for those exhibiting early signs of memory loss, or Mild Cognitive Impairment.
ConnectedLIFE Program Assistant Jamie Schmitt was inspired to launch an Open Art Studio after attending Map Through the Maze, the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH’s annual conference for professionals and caregivers. At this conference, Armbrook’s sister community Goddard House (located in Brookline) spoke about building a successful Open Art Studio for their residents.
“The results at Armbrook have been amazing,” says Schmitt. “Aside from being open to trying something new, residents have shown more independence, their self-esteem and perception are boosted, and they have become overall more confident. Each session, residents complete a variety of unique pieces even though they are each given the same theme.”
You can learn more about Armbrook Village and their programming options at www.ArmbrookVillage.com.