Elizabeth "Like" Lokon, PhD

Director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA)

As Director and Founder of Opening Minds through Art (OMA)"Like" developed, delivers, and evaluates the OMA program. She also provides service learning opportunities for students, all while improving quality of life for people with dementia through art-making.



PhD, MGS, MAT, Miami University
MA, University of Hawaii
BA, University of California, Berkeley
BFA, California College of Arts and Crafts

Research Interests

Creative arts in dementia care, and service learning

Biographical Sketch

Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, MGS, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. She works for Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. As an artist, gerontologist, and educator, she frequently speaks on the intersection of the arts, dementia, and intergenerational service learning. She has published in journals such as Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice and LeadingAge Magazine. She served as an associate editor of The International Handbook on Aging. She is also an art quilter.


Best Practice Award for OMA at Cedar Village (awarded by LeadingAge Ohio, 2011)

Selected Publications

Sauer, P. , Fopma-Loy, J., Kinney, J., & Lokon, E. (2014). “It makes me feel like myself”: Person-centered versus traditional visual arts activities for people with dementia. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.

Lokon, E. & Dana, C. (2014). Using Art to Overcome Cognitive Barriers. LeadingAge Magazine 4(1).

National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging. Contributed to on-line resource for teaching artists. Available on 7/31/13 from: http://www.creativeaging.org/artisttraining.

Yamashita, T., Kinney, J. M., & Lokon, E. J. (2013). The Impact of a Gerontology Course and a Service Learning Program on College Students' Attitudes Toward People With Dementia. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32(2), pp. 139-163. doi: 10.1177/0733464811405198.

Lokon, E., Kinney, J. M, & Kunkel, S. (2012). Building Bridges across Age and Cognitive Barriers through Art: College Students’ Reflections on an Intergenerational Program with Elders who Have Dementia. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 10(4), pp. 337-354. doi: 10.1080/15350770.2012.724318.

Palmore, E. B., Whittington, F., Kunkel, S. (Eds.); Lokon, E., Mwangi, S. M. (Associate Eds.) (2009). The International Handbook on Aging: Current Research and Development. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.