Connected and Empowered: New Approaches to Work With & For Older Adults

Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 6:00 PM (PDT)


The way we interact with older adults can have enormous social impact, as does the technology we develop and introduce. Does our work empower or infantilize? Are we enabling or are we increasing apathy? Dr. Partridge’s book introduces a paradigm-shifting philosophy for creative approaches with older adults; though written as a clinical book for art therapists, the model can be adapted for reframing interactions between older adults and those exploring and developing new technology solutions or means of engagement. For those with limited access to older adults receiving care, this book is a helpful resource with many insights into the needs and strengths of the population.

The evening will include readings from the new book, opportunities for Q&A, a facilitated conversation about the need for empowerment, and a collaborative creative project. Copies of the book, Art therapy with older adults: Connected and empowered will be available for purchase.

Goals & Objectives:

Learn a new model for approaching work with older adults at all levels of care

Engage in a creative project about care and empowerment

Gain an understanding of the ways ageism can impact our ability to support older adults

Share insights with peers and related professionals about care, empowerment, and ethics.

Keynote Speaker

  • Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC

    Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC

    Elder Care Alliance

    Experiential Researcher-In-Residence

    Dr. Partridge is an artist and board certified, registered art therapist. She graduated in the first cohort of the NDNU art therapy PhD program in 2016. Erin’s teaching and lecturing experience includes teaching at NDNU in the art therapy department, guest lectures in art and counseling programs, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, workshop facilitation at several national conferenc…

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Wednesday, Mar 20
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)


Collaboration Center at Elder Care Alliance
1301 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 210 Alameda94501


  • Rosemary Jordan

    Rosemary Jordan

    Elder Care Alliance

    VP Business Development + Strategy

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