Arts and Health: Creating an environment for healing
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire’s Outreach to North Country Nursing Homes
The arts can help improve the quality of life for residents in nursing homes, help create a healing environment in hospitals, and bring comfort to people in the last stages of life. State Arts Council funds provided through Arts in Health Care grants and other arts in healing initiatives support a wide range of arts activities presented by trained artists.
The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) received funding to bring the arts into agencies across the North Country that provide eldercare. Their project was in response to recognition that our oldest citizens often become isolated, not only from day-to-day interaction with family and community members, but from experiences that bring joy and beauty to their lives. State Arts Council funding helped AANNH offer artist residencies in music, dance, drumming and storytelling that provided a variety of opportunities for residents to experience the arts and for staff to discover the therapeutic effect the arts can have on elderly patients.
Frumie Selchen, Executive Director of the Alliance observed, “It was rewarding to see how this program grew in terms of understanding the positive effects of arts in eldercare.”
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July 20, 2011