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Creative Learning Important at Any Age

What an amazing event! On Friday, October 17, Creative Action hosted the Creativity & Aging film screen and panel at the Harry Ransom Center. Our event chair, Jean Rather helped bring the inspirational film “I Remember Better When I Paint” to the AustinCreativity & Aging event community.  This film screening and panel provided the perfect introduction to Creative Action’s newly developed senior programs that use art to increase vitality and cognitive health. Beginning in 2015, these free classes will offer older individuals the opportunity to learn creative skills, connect with others, and express themselves through the arts.

Narrated by screen legend Olivia de Havilland, “I Remember Better When I Paint” reveals the ways daycare centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are employing creative therapies to treat Alzheimer’s patients. This informative documentary offers pivotal new insights about the transformative power of drawing, painting, music and museum visits for those living with Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders.

Event chair, Jean Rather and honorary chair, Edith Royal welcomed guests to the event. Following the screening,  the audience (including members from the Querencia retirement community) heard from a panel of experts who discussed the value of the arts on cognitive health as we age. Co-director of the film, Berna Huebner spoke about how her mother’s experiences inspired her to make theJean Rather, Susan Marcus, Karen LaShelle film. The audience also heard from Austin neurologist, Dr. John Bertelson; author of The Missing Alphabet, Susan Marcus; and activity director of AGE of Central Texas, Anne Stacy.

Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success!

Berna and Lee Huebner
Steve Enniss, Executive Director and the staff of The Harry Ransom Center
Jean Arias and Polly Moore, The AMG Group of Raymond James
Jean Rather, Chair
Edith Royal, Honorary Chair
Laura Dutton
Residents and staff of Querencia

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