With support from Southern Harbor Eldercare Services as well as Elder Care Island Fellow Maddey Gates, we are pleased to have North Haven's own Kelsey Jones talk about music/art therapy and how it can help patients with dementia and Alzheimer's. The talk will be preceded by a screening of the film Alive Inside.
Kelsey Jones is currently working towards a Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, a therapy model that incorporates multiple art forms in the therapeutic process. As shown in the film, the arts provide a unique opportunity for expression and healing.
In her time as the Island Institute’s first Elder Care Fellow, Maddey Gates has worked with elders in island communities including North Haven, Vinalhaven, Swan’s Island and Chebeague. During her time she has interviewed and created programming for elders and the organizations that help them while studying the field of Creative Aging—an area of aging and eldercare work based on the potential of the aging brain for life-review and legacy building, healing creative expression, meaningful social engagement, and mastery of new skills.
Film synopsis: Social worker Dan Cohen, through his nonprofit organization Music and Memory, advocates for the use of music therapy for dementia patients.