From the abstract:
The positive impact of intergenerational service learning experience on college students’ academic and personal development is well documented. However, it is not clear whether students engaged in such programs with elders who have dementia gain similar benefits. Qualitative analysis of 300 journals written by 59 students participating in the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) intergenerational art program for people with dementia revealed that facilitating the creative expressions of elders with dementia resulted in many positive gains for college students. The experience enhanced their academic learning and they felt rewarded for making a difference in the lives of others.
Aging & Longevity > Health: Brain & Mental
Community Engagement > Community Engagement
Creative Aging > Creative Expression
Creative Aging > Intergenerational Programming
resource typeResearch and Studies
Dementia, Intergenerational interactions, Opening Minds through Art (OMA)