OMA utilizes hundreds of volunteers each year to support it's art-based program for people with dementia.
OMA utilizes hundreds of volunteers each year to support it's art-based program for people with dementia.

Scripps hosts interactive symposium on developing sustainable volunteer programs

DOROT and The Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program at Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University will host an interactive symposium on how to develop a sustainable volunteer program.

Sara Peller, LCSW, Associate Executive Director of Programs at DOROT will share the organization’s strategies for developing a sustainable volunteer base and the organizational culture and structure needed to support a successful volunteer initiative. For the last three decades, DOROT has been an innovative leader in the field of aging services and volunteerism. DOROT manages over 7,000 volunteers who help address issues of social isolation and loneliness among older adults living at home.

Symposium Topics:

Developing a volunteer management plan

Volunteer recruitment

Interviewing and screening potential volunteers

Training and on-going support

Volunteer recognition

Guidelines for in-home visiting

Evaluation

Event Information

The symposium will be held November 20th from 1:00-4:00pm at the Miami University Art Museum Auditorium (801 S. Patterson Ave, Oxford, OH). This program is free and open to the public. The event is made possible by the National Center for Creative Aging. For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Lokon.

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Making a Positive Difference

Making a Positive Difference

Opening Minds through Art

When Miami undergraduates are paired with older adults with dementia, something beautiful happens–friendships form and lives change.

An elder with dementia and his volunteer partner from Opening Minds through Art

A positive impact

Our preliminary research shows that our Opening Minds through Art program has a lasting positive impact on quality of life for the elders.
An elder with dementia and her volunteer partner from Opening Minds through Art

Volunteers developing a bond

The relationships formed between the artists and volunteers have a profound impact for both people. The volunteers often develop a greater appreciation for older people and the partnership often results in a bond of friendship that impacts them long after they graduate.
Art created by elder with dementia

Stunning results

OMA provides elders with a failure-free creative environment where they get to make the choices and the outcomes are often stunning.
Art created by elder with dementia

Stunning results

Stunning results

Stunning results

Art created by elders with dementia on display at Cedar Village retirement community

Cedar Village Art Exhibit

The artwork on display at Cedar Village Retirement Community. The art-making sessions culminate in a gallery exhibition celebrating the artists’ accomplishments while educating the public about the creative capacities of people with dementia.