Just as giving care to an elder is a unique journey, what we see in images is in the eye of the beholder. This is a one hour interactive workshop using the portrait photographs from Reflections, The CareGivers' Project, collection of professional black and white photographs of self-identified caregivers and their elder care receiver. This workshop is suitable for groups of all generations, professional organizations, businesses who work with caregivers, community groups, children, caregivers, past caregivers, future caregivers. Using a simple written worksheet and a selection of these photographs we will facilitate a group discussion of the range of caregiver diversity and breadth of emotion found in the role of caregiver for an elder.
To exchange perceptions on who is a caregiver for an elder.
To elicit the qualitative range of emotions in a caregiving relationship.
To explore held views on the value of giving care to an elder.
Dance is wordless expression made up of gestures and stillness. Dance happens musically in time. Caregiving for an elder happens at a time or times in our lives. Both caregiving and dance occur repeatedly in time. Dancers travel through the space on a theater stage or in public spaces. Giving care to elders occurs in spaces such as homes, hospitals, senior housing and nursing homes. The master skills that both dancers and elder caregivers need are adaptability, creativity, empathy, focus, concentration and the ability to sequence tasks. This workshop uses material from In Time & Space, The CareGivers' Project Program of solo dances commissioned about a unique caregiving story, blends an introduction for non-dance participants about the purposes of dance is across cultures. This workshop concludes with a three minute dance lead by by Rochelle Rice using The CareGivers' Project Signature Moves and those contributed by participants.
To recognize elder caregivers as a cultural community.
To experience a wordless expression of an elder caregiving story.
To participate in a caregiver community dance.
If you are a group of any size or age range who have an interest in giving care to elders we would like to share our interactive presentation How We See CareGiving: A photographic exploration. Contact us below. We are happy to share this workshop with groups of elders, business professionals, groups of caregivers, or gerontology students.