Author: Tricia Theurer

Older Adults Put Pencil to Paper

Residents at CommonBond’s Riverview Senior Housing in Minneapolis recently participated in a drawing program, “Crossing the Line: Drawing Practices For and With the Older Adult. This took place in collaboration with The Drawing Project and engAGE, to build on the premise that embracing a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging can be beneficial to the health and well-being of older adults.

One participant said:

“I took an art course in junior high that I loved. Thanks to EngAGE I’m dabbling in it again.”

Professional instructors led the older adults through various drawing exercises and encouraged the development of skills, techniques, and strategies, as well as continuing their personal drawing practice. The sessions included guided teaching, demonstration, application of drawing techniques, and time for personal and group reflection.

To offer this program to residents, CommonBond collaborated with EngAGE – a California nonprofit that’s expanding its reach to Minnesota – to build on the premise that embracing a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging can be beneficial to the health and well-being of older adults. CommonBond’s first collaboration with EngAGE was through a similar storytelling initiative held early in 2017.