Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming for Older Adults

Author(s): Linda Levine Madori

Ageing Well

Using a thematic approach to activity programming, this illuminating book teaches activity staff and recreation therapy students how to maximize cognition and brain functioning to improve the day-to-day performance of both well elders and those facing illness or disability. The author's Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming method transforms activity planning from an episodic approach (isolated activities) to a continuum of related events using varying expressive forms: the visual arts, language, music and drama. Readers learn how to use these expressive arts in a dynamic, integrated way that will renew the hearts, minds and spirits of older people whose declining physical or mental health increasingly limits their experiences and interactions. Emphasis is placed on programming that is inexpensive and easily adapted for people at various levels of functioning.


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Linda Levine Madori holds a doctoral degree in recreation therapy, is a licensed art therapist and recreation therapist, and is Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She was previously Director of Recreation Therapy at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, New York.

Introduction; Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming and the Brain; Underpinnings of TTAP and its Applications with Older Adults; The Evolution of Therapeutic Recreation and TTAP; The Nine Steps of Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming; Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming and the Continuum of Psychological Domains[copyright]; Using TTAP in Community and Long-Term Care Settings; Appendix; TTAP Activity Assessment Form Creative Places to Get Supplies Free Supplies in Your Community; Supplies for Under Ten Dollars; Finding Donations; Supply Catalogs.

General Fields

  • : 9781932529036
  • : Health Professions Press,U.S.
  • : Health Professions Press,U.S.
  • : December 2006
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Linda Levine Madori
  • : Hardback
  • : 615.851530846
  • : 200
  • : Illustrations