Mount Pleasant Retirement Village Partners with Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University for Opening Minds through Art Program

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OMA is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. Each week, more than a dozen Mount Pleasant residents have the opportunity to participate in the program with the assistance of nursing staff and volunteers.

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An OMA artist expresses her creativity through paining.

The residents we serve have fun and enjoy the individual attention they receive in the class. One resident even remarked, 'I feel like an artist.'

Mount Pleasant Retirement Village is excited to announce their partnership with the Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University in their Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program.

OMA is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that creative expression improves their physical and psychological well-being. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.

Blessed with a donation from the Middletown Community Fund, Denise Brown, Director of Nursing at Mount Pleasant was instrumental in bringing this program to her residents. Each week, more than a dozen residents have the opportunity to participate in the program with the assistance of our nursing staff and other volunteers.

“The residents we serve have fun and enjoy the individual attention they receive in the class," said Brown. "One resident even remarked, 'I feel like an artist.'"

About Opening Minds through Art
OMA was founded in 2007 by Dr. Lokon at the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio. OMA annually serves 200 pairs of elders and volunteers. In 2011, OMA received the Best Practice Award from LeadingAge Ohio.

About Mount Pleasant Retirement Village
Mount Pleasant Retirement Village is one of 12 retirement communities owned and operated by OPRS Communities, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS), headquartered in Columbus. Since 1922, OPRS has defined the highest standards of quality of life for older adults. Each year, OPRS serves more than 73,000 people annually through its wholly owned subsidiaries OPRS Communities and Senior Independence.

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