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

March 20, 2019, 6 p.m.


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

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

Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC

Experiential Researcher-In-Residence - Elder Care Alliance

Dr. Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC is an artist and board certified, registered art therapist. Her clinical experience includes work in community, pediatric, forensic, and geriatric settings. Erin has a PhD in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur, and works in the elder care field. Her research interests incorporate the lived experience and focus on participatory, ethnographic, and art-based approaches.

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March 20, 2019
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Collaboration Center at Elder Care Alliance
1301 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 210 Alameda, 94501


Rosemary Jordan

Rosemary Jordan

Elder Care Alliance

VP Business Development + Strategy

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Improving the lives of older adults around the world.

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