Arts and Aging Day Canada 2021
September 24, 2021
Join us virtually on Friday September 24, 2021 as we celebrate Arts and Aging Day Canada – a day devoted to highlighting arts-based activities for older adults across the sector.
We invite you to share your own home, community organization, and/or workplace’s arts activities, creations and experiences through social media. From choirs to poetry, visual arts to dance, we want to highlight all the ways the arts are engaging and supporting Canadian older adults, both in-person and virtually. This day is a great opportunity for you to learn from colleagues across the country and find new ideas to bring back to your own workplace.
Inspired by the work of Arts in Care Homes in the UK, Arts and Aging Day Canada aims to use social media to highlight the amazing work being done in long-term care homes, retirement communities, seniors centres, and community organizations across the country. This day is a chance to promote the positive effects of arts-based activities, learn more about what different organizations are doing, and create nation-wide connections in the field of arts, health, and aging.
All day: Voices in Motion Choirs
Voices in Motion is an intergenerational choir for people with dementia, their caregivers, students and friends. Backed by ongoing research, we continue to discover the benefits of singing together for those with dementia and their caregivers. Our goal is to break down the stigma that can surround dementia in order to create a dementia-friendly society. Check them out on YouTube.
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Sharing Dance Older Adults
Join us and learn more about Sharing Dance Older Adults programs, developed by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) and Baycrest, industry leaders in dance training and geriatric care. More than just physical activity, dance is an artistic experience that taps into imagination, self-expression, and a sense of connection and community. During this interactive presentation you will have the opportunity to hear more about the benefits of dance for older adults and their caregivers, and how to access engaging and meaningful dance programming for older adults.
10:30-11:15 a.m.: Schlegel Villages
Canadian-owned and operated, Schlegel Villages manages 19 quality long-term care and retirement Villages across Ontario. Three generations of the RBJ Schlegel family have been involved in the seniors care field in Ontario dating back to 1952. Join us as we virtually visit Schlegel Villages across Ontario to learn more about the creative activities engaged in by residents and team members.
2-3 p.m.: The Imagination Network art session
The Imagination Network is a dynamic group of artists, healthcare professionals, academics and advocates engaging in creative projects with older adults aiming to change the way we view and experience aging in our communities.
This workshop will be a hands-on experience in creative engagement for older adults, care partners, health care professionals and anyone else interested in joining in. We’ll be sharing a few of the games and exercises that have worked over Zoom, as well as some of our learnings and creations during these challenging times. Please bring blank paper, pens, markers, and scissors to the Zoom session.
3-3:45 p.m.: Concerts in Care Ontario: Pianist Kevin Ahfat
Concerts in Care Ontario (CiC) knows that music can unlock the healing power to transform. Our concerts provide a focal point for building bridges between elders, caregivers and loved ones, while engaging powerful emotions which can activate memory and improve mood for seniors in care who may be isolated and withdrawn. Join us as we listen to the exceedingly talented Kevin Ahfat on the piano.
4-4:30 p.m.: Movement with the Trees with Julia Aplin
MOonhORsE Dance Theatre (MDT), established in 1996 by award-winning dance artist Claudia Moore, is the home of Older & Reckless (O&R). An acclaimed performance series known for its celebration of mature dance artists who have pursued their passion for a lifetime, Older & Reckless also connects the public with senior dance artists in discussions, workshops and the Engaging Seniors in Dance classes. The O&R Mentorship Program supports dance artists young and old through intergenerational learning and experience.
Inspired by the teachings of the trees, the depth of humanity witnessed during our isolation and the beauty of our blue planet, Julia will lead a class that is part choreographed and part improvised- guided frameworks to explore our humanity through movement expression.
Share your art!
Step 1: Take a photo, write a blog post or make a video of an arts-based activity or creation. Do this ahead of time or on the day, make it as simple or as detailed as you want, whatever is easier for you!
Step 2: Write a social media post and add the hashtag #ArtsandAgingCA.
Step 3: Share the post on social media on September 24, 2021!
Step 4: Follow #ArtsandAgingCA and get inspired by the incredible work happening across Canada to engage older individuals in the arts.
Looking for more support and ways to get involved?
Check out our toolkit with tips, example posts and other resources to help you get started: Arts and Aging Day Canada Toolkit
Follow #ArtsandAgingCA on social media and get connected with older adults and organizations working to promote the arts in Canada.
Arts and Aging Day Canada is presented by Kate Dupuis, Schlegel Innovation Leader in Arts and Aging at the Research Institute for Aging and the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research and supported by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research.