OMA at the Florida State Guardianship Association Conference

Dr. Dawn Carr (Director of the Claude Pepper Center) and Suzanne Monroe Smith (OMA Program Lead) presented at the 2024 Florida State Guardianship Association Conference. They spoke about FSU-Opening Minds through Art, and the importance of person-centered care as the older adult population rises.

Opening Minds through Art: Jan. 18th & 19th Workshops

Two OMA workshops were held at The Claude Pepper Center with the Scripps Opening Minds through Art (OMA) team from Oxford, Ohio. Guests created abstract art while learning about the evidence-based and research-backed OMA process. It was wonderful seeing how the “no-fail OMA art recipe” allowed everyone to express their inner artist. Guests had the […]

Opening Minds through Art: Connecting Generations through Art Making (Jan. 18th Lecture)

Dr. Elizabeth Lokon (founder of Opening Minds through Art/OMA), Meghan Young (Associate Director, OMA) and Krysta Peterson (Assistant Director, OMA) join us at the Claude Pepper Center for a lecture titled “Opening Minds through Art: Connecting generations through art making.” For 16 years, Scripps Gerontology Center’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program has connected younger […]

Opening Minds through Art: Workshops

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, failure-free, intergenerational art-making program for people living with dementia. OMA promotes autonomy and dignity, through opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  Want to create abstract art with us? Dr. Elizabeth Lokon (the founder and creator […]

Opening Minds through Art: Connecting generations through art making.

For 16 years, Scripps Gerontology Center’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program has connected younger and older adults using the arts to build an age-inclusive society. An award-winning, evidence-based program, OMA pairs students with people living with dementia to form friendships and create art. A new virtual program, ScrippsAVID (Arts-based, Virtual, Intergenerational, and Dementia-Friendly), also connects older adults with students via video chat.  Dr. Elizabeth Lokon, founder and […]

From Expertise to Impact: Partnering With State and Federal Stakeholders to Change the Lives of Older Adults

Dr. Kunkel’s talk focused on the important role that aging experts can play in shaping the well-being of older adults. She described critical problems facing older people, and policy, program, and clinical practice solutions that can lead to improved quality of life. This presentation included examples of applied research studies that Dr. Kunkel’s team conducted […]