Emelle Sonh, M.A.

The ELDER Project

EXPLORING AGING AND A SENSE OF PLACE

Ever notice how easily kids become engrossed in an art project, or how they move with sheer expressive delight? Do you think this creativity is just for kids or geniuses like Picasso? We know all humans are wired with enormous creative capacity which we never lose. But we need opportunities like The ELDER Project to nurture this capacity. In studies, older adults who joined artists in the creative process improved their health and wellness.

Art is good for you!



The ELDER Project is a holistic evidence-based model for health and wellness, lifelong learning and community building. Five modules to explore the experience of aging and the meaning of literal and metaphoric (belonging) place are tailored for each project to make opportunities for creative expression and expanded conversations available:

E xercise - to prime the mind and body for creative process
L istening - to life experience and ourselves as story - to develop themes
D ance-movement - to express themes with our em-bodied selves
E xpress in art - to express discovered themes in a variety of visual art forms
R elax and Reflect - on a sense of place - to renew the creative cycle

Aging Takes Place was a 2014 project of The ELDER Project supported by Intersection for the Arts Incubator program, funded by SF Arts Commission in partnership with San Francisco Senior Centers to address ageism. Exploration of the experience of aging, ageism and the meaning of place will develop artwork which expands community visibility and develops creative tools for conversations on these subjects.



Ask about The Question + Image Cards and Handbook and how you can have them tailored for your interests.

How to Donate Now to The Elder Project

Contact Emelle at info@emelleart.com. for information on how you can make a tax-deductible donation to support ongoing creative opportunities for those approaching or entering retirement and the development of new tools for reflection to explore the meaning of aging and a sense of place.

The ELDER Project Advisory Council includes artists, gerontologists, accountants, social workers, researchers, academics, nurses, attorneys and designers who provide valuable expertise to the project.

Thank you!
Emelle Sonh, Project Director
Creative Aging Specialist
info@emelleart.com.

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