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March 2021 – Latest Update

We support The United Nations Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030) a global collaboration, aligned with the last ten years of the Sustainable Development Goals, that brings together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live.

March

  • *NOTE* most community-based programs with older adults are still paused until that segment of the population receive the full vaccination program against COVID and new variants
  • Online skills development opportunities – through March and April 2021, we’re inviting a few core members and special project volunteers to free digital literacy training/coaching sessions to Develop and Manage Online Communities and design/develop online programs and events.
  • The Dorchester Seniors Centre iPad Pilot Project is now finished. The final report is due March 31st. 7 participants learned social game apps and 7 learned art and creativity apps. The iPads are in the Dorchester Seniors Centre and can be signed out to those who want to enrol in future digital literacy workshops. Contact Karen Gress at the Seniors Centre – kgress@thamescentre.on.ca
  • The final report for the Museum London Seniors Community Grant Healthier Aging Through the Arts project was finalized and submitted. Thanks to all the volunteers and presenters who helped with the 2020 educational programs and online professional development Building Digital Bridges Symposium in December.
  • The Creative Age Art Adventure Group completed one full year of online ZOOM sessions (skills workshops, demonstrations and social time) by meeting each Thursday 1pm to 3 pm March 2020 – March 2021. What a great run with plans to continue through 2021. CONGRATULATIONS to all the new “tech savvy” members! contact. The group plans to continue through 2021. penny@pennywearne.com
  • Kristan Smith finished the Creative Age Social Media Project including WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Eventbrite, Instagram, GMail accounts and Google. He can be reached at kristansmith72@gmail.com
  • The new online Create @Home Learning Series beta testing – March 8th to April 12th 10am. YouTube videos will be available to subscribers in May 2021. The Creative Journaling Program (6 ZOOM beta testing sessions) is currently co-sponsored by Middlesex County Libraries and Dorchester Seniors Centre https://creativeage.ca/create-home/
  • An Expressive Collage Workshop series has been drafted for the Direct Message Research Project, funded by Canada Council for the Arts. The online research pilot project is described below with a link.
  • The Dorchester Creative Age Art Studio onsite art and craft classes may start up onsite when it’s safe to do so (small groups following protocols) with instructor Susan Graham. Contact Karen Gress at the Seniors Centre to find out about onsite art studio activities.
  • The second Creative Aging partnership project between Museum London and London Middlesex Community Housing was postponed due to COVID but is now is scheduled to start with an online format in September 2021.
  • Our colleague Jen Tindall has been very successful with her online creative and social programs. Jen was a special guest at our last ZOOMAPALOOZA. Her two hour online programs are offered each day at 10am and 2pm. CONGRATULATIONS to Jen and all the facilitators. Art Your Service – Creative Aging Outside the Box
  • Kathy Smith and Brian Meehan (Museum London) opening remarks from the Building Digital Bridges Symposium are now online at the Creative Age Network YouTube Channel.

Upcoming April

  • More self isolation – we’re now in the red lock-down zone. We have decided to continue to collaborate, volunteer and work from home until the vaccination program shows positive results with COVID variants.
  • Kathy and Penny will be co designing and developing the project plan for The StoryCatching and StoryTelling Project during the month of April. More training will be provided for smartphone and tablet digital videos. The project will have a separate website with online resources and a Digital Memory Box feature for social reminiscence and creative writing prompts.
  • Community consultations for the Direct Message Research Project will start online in April.
  • Facebook Live practice sessions for members and volunteers – watch the Facebook Page for upcoming dates.
  • London Facebook Page update – https://www.facebook.com/CreativeAgeLdn
  • Dorchester Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/Our-Creative-Age-Dorchester-Ontario-872507092799965

May Online Event Dates Confirmed


June Online Symposium Date Confirmed

June 14th 2021, 2pm to 4pm – Creative Aging Toolkit – Outreach to Rural Seniors Online Conference featuring discussions and strategies to collaborate together to connect with regional rural seniors at risk of social isolation. Early Bird Registration https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/building-digital-bridges-tickets-142909515207


July

Very Cool Arts for Hot Summer Days – this is a 4 week summer arts camp for older adults including but not limited to Rhythmic Arts, Seniors Improv Theatre, Visual Arts and Crafts. Dates TBA.


September

New Horizons Partnership Project: collaborative planning meetings with Museum London, London Middlesex Community Housing and Digital Creative Arts Centre

Ongoing Research

In progress: Direct[Message] is a three-year, multi-phase community arts/digital strategy research project funded by Canada Council for the Arts. Kathy Smith is participating in this collaborative community-arts project created by and for older adults in Ontario, Canada. Our team of artists, community members, researchers, and designers are working to make the arts more accessible and interactive through digital technology. Learn more about research partners, sponsors and participants https://direct-message.ca/