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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.
Elder Care Alliance
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 confere...
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 conferences, and interviews with media about art therapy. Her clinical experience includes work in community, pediatric, forensic, and geriatric settings and she is published in the areas of art therapy, elder care, and technology. She is currently working on responding to the findings of her research within the elder care context, and conducting continued research in this setting. Her research interests incorporate the lived experience and focus on participatory, ethnographic, and art-based approaches.
Elder Care Alliance
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Since joining ECA in 2016, Rosemary Jordan has led the organization’s bricks-and-mortar growth strategy and has been a key participant in workforce and innovation strategies. Ms. Jordan’s focus is on expanding the reach of ECA’s unique and personalized services so that more Californians can experience what ECA communities have to offer. With more than 20 years of health care and consulting leadership experience, Rosemary is a seasoned leader bringing knowledge and creativity to help realize ECA’s strategic vision. Ms. Jordan is also incredibly passionate about creating a more just society and one that celebrates all voices and experiences. Ms. Jordan is a graduate of Vassar College, and received her master’s degrees in Public Health and Public Policy from the University of California - Berkeley.
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