Daytime Disco Dances for Seniors

25 pizza boxes full of Gratitude were given away yesterday at the Therapeutic Recreation Ontario’s 2018 conference trade show. It was Art Your Service’s first conference and I’m still buzzing from meeting all of you amazing, interesting and invested caregivers out there in the field. I was thrilled that people came back from sessions asking […]

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Daughterhood

As my friends and I get older our conversations have shifted from our young adult dramas to our parent’s-getting-older dramas. The role-reversal of whom is worrying about whom’s health has shifted. Case in point, I was having brunch with a good friend and she was talking about her elderly father’s recent noticeable mental decline. She […]

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Home

“To me, home is as much about a ‘feeling’ one has, as it is about a ‘place’ where one lives.” – Elroy Jespersen. When my grandfather was suffering from dementia he asserted, daily, that he wanted to go home. We told him he was home, and we weren’t trying to pull a fast one —he […]

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Audit for Artists

Want innovative activities and entertainment for seniors on a shoestring budget? Try an artist audit at your retirement home. Poll your residents, their visiting family, your staff – from the cook to the front desk. So many people have hidden talents! If you look hard enough you can find water colourists, piano men (and women) […]

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Adventures in Creative Aging: TRO Conference 2018, Kanata ON

25 pizza boxes full of Gratitude were given away yesterday at the Therapeutic Recreation Ontario’s 2018 conference trade show. It was Art Your Service’s first conference and I’m still buzzing from meeting all of you amazing, interesting and invested caregivers out there in the field. I was thrilled that people came back from sessions asking […]

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I Heart Creative Aging

Spent an intimate night in the Bowery House here in NYC. Originally built for returning soldiers, it has gentrified from flophouse into a hopeful hipster hostel. Boasting big thread counts and Italian marble, dorm-like, we share bathrooms and a latticed ceiling. You can hear all the things. Too many of the things. Luckily, they supply […]

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Hey, thanks!

I used to think Gratitude Training was hokey. Then I tried it. Really tried it. I wrote about it, thought about it. I searched and found it everywhere, and in abundance. And guess what? I felt better. Did you know that just searching for things to be grateful for can make you instantly happier? Science […]

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