Arts For The Aging, Ine (AFTA), has published a booklet designed to assist professional and lay caregivers in structuring art activities for Alzheimer's patients and impaired senior citizens. Arts For The Aging; The AFTA Method: A How-To-Booklet provides guidance on tailoring art projects to the capabilities of physiologically and psychologically impaired elderly people.
The 36-page booklet contains 1 3 stepby-step lesson plans in visual arts, folk arts, performing arts, and related activities. It describes positive ways of directing the remaining abilities of impaired seniors into a broad range of projects, including drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, singing, quilting, and story telling. By introducing participants to these activities, AFTA provides an environment that encourages enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment through art.
The booklet can be used for workshop groups at senior care facilities, or on a one-to-one basis in the home. The price for the booklet is $10 (postage and handling included).
For more information, contact Arts for the Aging, Ine, 410 Eighth Street, NW, Suite 405, Washington, DC 20004; 202-783-7332.