Aging and the Performing Arts:

Theatre Practices with older adults and persons with dementia

with Aynsley Moorhouse, MFA, MSW, RSW

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Session 1 - 1:00-4:00pm *Session full*

Session 2 - 6:00-9:00pm *Session full*

263 McCaul St. Room 320 

Toronto, ON

    Regular rate: $40; Students/Seniors: $30

Enrolment limited to 25 per session, light refreshments will be served

A "Certificate of Attendance" will be provided.

Art infuses life with creativity, depth and meaning, and builds strong relationships and communities. It can provide a safe space for both personal and political expression where the status quo can be challenged – and where real change can occur. And of course, it can be a lot of fun.

Through participation and hands-on engagement, in this 3-hour interactive workshop you will:

  • learn about performing arts practices with older adults and persons with dementia
  • leave with a deep understanding of the immense benefits of this type of creative work on individual, community, and systemic levels
  • have a toolkit of transferable arts-based exercises and skills to use in your professional practice and personal life.

Aynsley Moorhouse (MFA, MSW, RSW)

is a Toronto-based artist and social worker. She has presented her work and lectured in university classrooms, hospitals, academic conferences, arts festivals, and on CBC Radio challenging assumptions about aging, specifically regarding memory loss and dementia. Her particular interest lies in how arts practices can lead to personal growth and social change, particularly in the field of gerontology.

Aynsley leads theatre and storytelling groups for older adults and people experiencing memory loss. Her blog (aynsleymoorhouse.com) is a document of her Ontario Arts Council funded theatre program at the Apotex Nursing Home at Baycrest. It is a weekly view into the project as it grew and developed from the first rehearsal in March 2012 to the final performance in August 2012.

What Previous Workshop Participants Have Said:

“Benefits of Performing Arts Practices was excellent for group activity.” (Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange workshop participant, May 2014)

“Aynsley's work is fantastic and needs to be encouraged in all our work in community and institutions and ties in well with keynote address - Let's focus less on disease and more on quality of life.” (Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange workshop participant, May 2014)

“Aynsley Moorhouse's presentation was filled with thought provoking, useable information. Very well done!!” (Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange workshop participant, May 2014)

 

Workshop Overview

Section

Description

Duration

Welcome and Introductions

  • Introduction
  • Workshop overview
  • Participant introductions
  • Discussion of learning objectives
  • Participants are invited to ask questions throughout the workshop and at the end

10 mins

Warm-up Exercises

  • Mindfulness
  • Vocal warm-up
  • Physical warm-up

10 mins

Introduction to theatre

  • Why theatre?
  • What this work looks like
  • Anne Basting and Timeslips
  • Description of Apotex Theatre Group
  • Overview of micro, mezzo and macro benefits

5 mins

Exercises

  • Me to you
  • Counting game

5 mins

Micro benefits:

 

Wellbeing and Quality of Life

  • Overview
  • Clinical research
  • Personal experiences
  • “We were just a bunch of ordinary people - there was nothing extraordinary about us… And now look at us!”

10 mins

 

 

Exercises

  • Rhythm word association
  • Fortunately/Unfortunately

5 mins

Mezzo benefits:

 

Relationships and Community

  • Overview
  • Clinical research
  • Social determinants of health
  • Personal experiences

10 mins

Exercise

  • Timeslips (Creative group storytelling)

15 mins

10 Minute Break

Macro benefits:

 

Society and Social Change

  • Overview
  • Applied theatre
  • Theatre for social change
  • Augusto Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Form and content
  • Personal experiences

10 mins

Video        

  • Watch video of theatre group rehearsals and performance
  • Discussion

25 mins

Exercise

  • Group creative exercise

40 min

Conclusion

  • Tying it all together

10 min

Discussion

  • Questions and discussion
  • Implications for future research and practice

20 min