November 1, 2013
I was assistant to the director during the early 2000's and working with ElderGivers was an amazing experience. I'm an artist who designed their curriculums and class schedules, curated and hung their art shows and of course taught in the classes to the elderly and frail. At first, I thought I would be doing art as "therapy". But instead, I saw the elderly become happier and more engaged with life because the art helped their self esteem, made them feel useful and important in society. And on top of that, many of them were able to improve motor skills with their hands and also in their memory of happy times in their lives. They learned skills in art as well, anatomy, proportion, light and shadow, color. After serving 5 years as a teacher and as Assistant to the Director, I realized the power of art and this organization supersedes the expectations and breaks stereotypes of the elderly as being vegetables, useless, or a burden to society. Instead, their art shows have enlightened our society.
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