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Opening Minds Through Art

The Swampscott Senior Center is thrilled to be the first community-based implementation of OMA, Opening Minds Through Art, in Massachusetts.  OMA is an award-winning, evidenced-based intergenerational art-making program which pairs students with older adults living with memory loss.   Developed at the Scripps Gerontology Center, a part of the Miami University of Ohio, OMA trains students to facilitate positive connections through art by relying on imagination and their partner’s strengths.  Working closely with Hadley Woodfin, a health teacher at Swampscott High School, Siobhan McDonald, a trained OMA facilitator, trains high school juniors to be OMA volunteers.  Once trained, these students participate in 6-week group sessions at the Senior Center as part of their regular health education curriculum.  This one-hour program relies on structured routine which provides comfort, regularity and support for participants and volunteers.  Caregivers may stay with their loved one or enjoy an hour of respite for themselves.  Each OMA session ends with a community-wide art show and celebration.  This ground-breaking program is made possible through a Greater Lynn Senior Services Title III grant.  Our next OMA session will be in the Spring of 2024.  Please contact the Swampscott Senior Center at (781) 596-8866 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

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