Celebrating the power of art and community with Richmond seniors
“Better Together," Richmond's Integrated Adult Day Program, recently launched an art display at the Thompson Community Centre in honour of Alzheimer's Month. The display features several art pieces created by program participants.
"The art display is not just about art; it's a symbol of our team's dedication to improving seniors' lives. Witnessing participants' growth and renewed sense of purpose is a powerful affirmation of our program's impact. We hope to expand its reach over the coming years."
Sarbi Aujla, Director, Mental Health and Substance Use, Community Geriatrics and Outpatient Rehabilitation.
“Better Together" is a unique Adult Day Program that specializes in providing care to Richmond-based seniors who have mental health concerns, such as dementia. Led by a dedicated recreational therapist, the program offers activities like art, games and exercise, specifically designed to stimulate cognitive and physical functions. Beyond these activities, the program provides comprehensive support, including HandyDART training and personalized reminder calls, ensuring accessible care and fostering social connections.
Jarina, aged 80, a participant whose artwork graces the display, stated, "Since my husband passed away, I've been coming to the program. I feel like everyone in the program is like my family. They have done so much for me. When I go home I feel very happy and I can share what I've done and connect with my granddaughter."
The display will continue until the end of January at the Thompson Community Centre. Let's celebrate the talent and creativity of seniors with mental health challenges and the profound impact of recreational therapy on their overall health and happiness.
January is Alzheimer's Month in Canada.
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the number of older adults with mental illness or dementia is increasing in Canada. Currently, more than 350 people in Canada are diagnosed with dementia every day. By 2030, nearly 1 million Canadians could be living with dementia. Compounding this reality is the fact that for many seniors, the social isolation and loneliness experienced during and since the pandemic has resulted in a deterioration of their health, function and cognition.