This presentation will examine how creativity and connection can enhance quality of life, focusing on supporting those living with mental health challenges. Through case presentation, evidence-based research, and experiential methods, we will explore various creative ways to enhance support systems for clients and ourselves. You will leave this presentation with a list of resources so that you can integrate key learnings into your practice immediately.
Using Creativity and Connection to Enhance Quality of Life
Kari’s love of elders began as a child and spending time with her grandparents was a joy. Grandma’s house was always Kari’s favorite place to be.
Kari combined her passion for eldercare and the creative arts by becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist and creative arts therapist working with elders. She brings well over a decade of experience to her role as Director of The Hummingbird Project and co-creator of Joyful Moments: Meaningful Activities to Engage Older Adults. She is a proud advocate for the importance of finding and embracing joy throughout life. She has presented to both professional and public audiences locally and nationally about Quality of Life and Life Enrichment for older and disabled adults, including several presentations for the Alzheimer’s Association, the Aging Life Care Professional Association, and the North American Drama Therapy Association, among others.