We have been ecstatic to be piloting a new elder arts program- The Kathryn Pohl Wagner Music and Movement Program throughout the month of November. A program taking after our own heart, we are working individually with select elders living with dementia, or Alzheimer's by conducting a fun and creative curriculum to be taught to families for everyday practice.
Engaging in fun and creative art projects, conducting physical exercises, and listening to nostalgic music, these activities support each person emotionally, mentally, and physically, through sensory and cognitive stimulation.
Music evokes old memories, while making art projects with clay reinforces brain stimulation as well as fine motor skills. Our students, are bright, talented, and soulful individuals who love the program and have demonstrated immense successes already.
"I have watched my own grandmother dance for the first time in a long time to her favorite song Clair De Lune." DK Teacher Conor Jameson. In fact, every student has subtly displayed exciting and inspiring increases in social interaction and communication, emotional stability, as well as physical functionality. Our work together is powerful and delicate. It is important to revere our elders by supporting them creatively and with great care. At DK, we have all the skills to do that. We’d like to give a shout-out and say thank you to all of our Kathryn Pohl Wagner students for helping us pilot a program which supports and uplifts our elderly students, as well as their families.