Possible Arts’ has begun a new collaboration with The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training through Mt Sinai Hospital in Toronto. The Centre is committed to creating support and training programs for family members and caregivers of people with dementia. The program promises to provide practical, hands-on training in everyday activities (such as bathing, feeding, toileting), as well as experiential learning about the disease. A parallel program for people with dementia is also underway.
Connecting this program with the arts is very exciting, and Possible Arts will be contributing to the philisophical and practical approach to the program. Using a variety of learning tools including arts approaches, primarily theatre-based improvisation as well as movement, visual art, music, among other art forms, the parallel programs focus on the acquiring of skills and new perspectives, not just imagining the skills. I am very excited to be involved in this innovative program!