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Arts for The Aging

Afta volunteer at Kensington Park Senior Living with residentIn the March 8, 2016 Science section of The New York Times, Personal Health columnist Jane E. Brody talks about the importance of arts participation and its link to better health, including the wonderful work of our local partner, Arts for the Aging (AFTA). Brody describes that “Music, dance, poetry, and painting are pumping new life into older bodies and minds,” capturing the essence of key programs and happenings in the national field of creative aging, and quoting AFTA CEO Janine Tursini about this type of program’s positive impact. Janine states in the article, and we also believe that, “the arts open people up, giving them new vehicles for self-expression, a chance to tell their stories…The programs capitalize on assets that remain, not on what’s been lost.”

Arts for the aging performance at Kensington Park Senior LivingAFTA is an essential part of our programming for Assisted Living and Memory Care residents. Their passion for the arts and partnership beautifully compliments our ability to foster choice, encourage independence, enrich each day, and engage our residents, family and friends – the hallmarks of our care at Kensington Park Senior Living.

Ballroom dancing at Kensington Park Senior Living as part of AFTA program

We’re thrilled to call AFTA our partner! The engaging work their artists and facilitators do really makes a difference in the lives of Kensington Park’s Assisted Living and Memory Care residents. We look forward to many more exciting years together.

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