THE WEBINAR WAS HELD ON MAY 8, 2021;
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Transforming Lives with Music and Art
Music and art has unique powers to re-activate memory, combat social isolation and help with the re-construction of identity. This webinar explores the use of music and art to enhance the holistic well-being of older adults, including spiritual benefits, pre-Covid, during Covid and post-Covid. Proven principles, different ministry experiences and biblical considerations will be shared.
Guest Speakers: Bev Foster and Nicole Balan
Other speakers from Blessed Melody Connection and the Toronto ElderCare Prayer Group
Bev Foster is the Founder and Executive Director of the Room 217 Foundation, an organization dedicated to music and care. She is an experienced musician and worship leader who speaks and writes extensively on the power of music, especially in life limiting situations. Her passion for music enhancing quality of life is contagious.
Nicole Balan is currently training at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (TATI). She was working with elders in two long term care / retirement residences until the start of the pandemic in 2020. Her art therapy major project draws upon reminiscence therapy, narrative therapy, and the spiritual autobiography literature, inviting elders to create visual images, colours and shapes through the decades of their lives, creating a Life Book as a legacy item. Nicole is a graduate of Tyndale Seminary, as well as the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy. She is active in various lay ministries, enjoys creative pursuits, and is a life-long learner.