January 11, 2022

Exploring Creativity

Did you know that people who engage in the arts have better holistic health? Research shows that creatively engaged people have fewer doctor visits, take less medicine, have better responses on mental health measures, and are more involved in overall activities. That's why Jewish Family Service is now offering a monthly Exploring Creativity Group.

 

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In this group, we introduce and participate in a different form of art each month. As a group, we take time to discuss deeper understandings that each art experience can bring. If you are in the second half of life, are looking to improve your physical and emotional well-being, and are willing to bring something new, this group is for you! We meet every 3rd Wednesday, via Zoom, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. No experience is necessary and there is NO COST! Please contact Emily Christensen, Arts & Aging Coordinator, at 435-840-5661 for more information.

Emily is a nationally board-certified music therapist who has been working with older adults since 2009. Emily has partnered with JFS since 2018 as director of the Gleeful Choir, a chorus for people living with dementia and their care-partners. She is excited to now expand her role with JFS as the Arts and Aging Coordinator. With a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in gerontology, Emily is passionate about health in holistic terms, recognizing that our emotional, social, and physical health influence each other for either good or bad. "I'm a firm believer that engagement in the arts gives us a chance to grow, to learn, to create, and to connect with others, leaving us with improved health on every level. I'm eager to bring beautiful and fulfilling arts-based experiences to the older adults we serve at JFS," says Emily.