What is OMA?
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Its failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. OMA also provides volunteers with opportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants.
Building Bridges Across Age and Cognitive Barriers through Art.
Our goal is to help create a society that values older adults with dementia. We achieve this by building genuine friendships between people with dementia and volunteers as they engage in art-making.
In September we started out first session on OMA at our Intergenerational Centre were we hold our Adult Day Support Program. The artists are paired up with 1st year Social Work students from Red Deer College, they have been working together for the 10 week session. We wrap up the session with an art show where the artist’s work will be on display and will be available for to purchase.