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Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University Receives $5,000 Grant From the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
NEW YORK (April 25, 2016) —  The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a non-profit organization founded to fill the gap that existed on a national level, assuring quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and to their caregivers and families, awarded one of its Spring 2016 Bi-Annual Grants to Scripps Gerontology Center, an outstanding non-profit member organization at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio that sharesAFA’s mission of providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families. The $5,000 grant enables the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program which is developed at Scripps Gerontology Center to continue to develop and enhance educational and support services, and support families in need in their communities.  The grants are a critical funding source for grassroots organizations, which play a pivotal role in their communities.
Scholarships Available for OMA Facilitator Training 2016
OMA 2016 Facilitator Training is now accepting applications for scholarships that will apply to registration fees.  The scholarships are competitive and will be awarded based on the quality of the application. Applicants currently registered for training may also apply for the scholarship.   Scholarship funding for the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) 2016 Facilitator Training is made possible in part by a grant from ArtsWave's Arts for Health Initiative.
Miami's OMA Receives Designation from State
Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program was recently designated a Quality Improvement Project by the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA). It’s one of only eight approved programs to meet the state’s requirement for such designation.
OMA designated a Quality Improvement Project by Ohio Department of Aging
?Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an acclaimed program of the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, has been designated as a Quality Improvement Project (QIP) by the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA
Generations United names Opening Minds through Art a "Program of Distinction"
Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people with dementia, has been designated a Program of Distinction by Generations United.
Gerontology faculty member calls for new research models for dementia interventions
An article in the Washington Post cites a paper authored by Dr. Kate de Medeiros, gerontology faculty and Scripps research fellow.
Scripps hosts interactive symposium on developing sustainable volunteer programs
OMA utilizes hundreds of volunteers each year to support it's art-based program for people with dementia. 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.
New support received to expand innovative arts programming
Four new grants will support the strategic planning and expansion of the Opening Minds through Art program.
Opening Minds through Art launches in Canada
This summer, Opening Minds through Art (OMA) launched in Strathroy-Caradoc, a municipality in Ontario, Canada. Staff at Strathmere Lodge were trained by Scripps staff at the OMA facilitator training in May of 2014.