Martin’s Point Health Care has been chosen as one of six organizations nationwide to pilot a community-based Successful Aging Creativity Circle. This is one of two pilots occurring in Maine (the other is being conducted by Healthy Peninsula in the greater Blue Hill area). Additional pilot projects will take place in Metro Chicago and New York City.
The Successful Aging Creativity Circle is a program from The UnLonely Project, the signature initiative of the Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH). FAH was founded by Dr. Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, and was started as a creative arts trauma-recovery program for 911 survivors and military veterans. The UnLonely Project seeks to raise awareness and reduce stigma around loneliness and social isolation, and develop programming to foster connection.
The goal of the Successful Aging Creativity Circle pilot is to test a program designed to help older adults manage a variety of age-related challenges, such as making friends as we age, finding ways to feel resilient, keeping the brain and body healthy, managing stress, and taking time for self-care.
Using a support-group model, the program offers 10-12 participants weekly meetings over a seven-week period, where they engage in facilitator-led sessions that offer an innovative blend of mindfulness, creative arts expression, and social-emotional learning. These three components combine to help participants share personal experiences and reflections, gain skills, and feel more connected to themselves and others.
The pilot will begin in March and take place at the Community Center at the Martin’s Point Scarborough Health Care Center. Snacks, drinks, and materials will be provided.
If you are interested in participating, you are welcome to join the pilot!
For more information or to join this opportunity to get connected and be part of a fun and innovative nationwide project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-253-6351.