By Daniel Gaitan
June 18, 2014
Anne Basting, a UW-Milwaukee professor of play analysis, is using her talents to help benefit seniors. “Transforming Care for Elders through Creative Engagement”—a collaboration between the Peck School of the Arts, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, TimeSlips and Sojourn Theatre—will be held June 23-25 at the UWM School of Continuing Education. The effort aims to help teach students, artists and caretakers the important link between person-centered care and creative engagement.
One of the goals of this collaboration is to help seniors feel less lonely by engaging with younger people. Why is that important?
The isolation of living alone at home or in a facility can be profound. The majority of seniors are at home, and they try to stay at home for as long as they possibly can. But you can begin to feel really isolated—especially if your family has moved away. We want people to have independence, but also reduce the sense of isolation. We try to create currents between people.
Read the full interview at Express Milwaukee.