Time is precious and you want your time with your loved one to be meaningful & joyful; not upsetting & disappointing. As memory deteriorates, relationships are strained and visits become awkward.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Artful Connections has simple strategies and engaging activities that spark your imaginations, allowing you to celebrate your time together through creative expression.
When the memories you used to share are no longer accessible to a person with dementia, it's time to shift the focus to IMAGINATIAON & CREATIVITY.
You no longer have to spend hours of YOUR TIME trying to find activities that are engaging, enjoyable, accessable, and meaningful. We have done that part for you! Activity Sheets, Tutorials & Kits span lots of different artforms & are appropriate for every age & stage of life, making them sharable with others.
We are never too old (or young) to play! Even as dementia progresses, imagination stays intact and opens up many opportunities for joyful & creative play. From the Main Menu at the top of each page, explore our growing collection of activities & services that build connection between you and your person with dementia. There's something for everyone.
For other family members and friends, visiting a loved one with dementia can be very uncomfortable & awkward, keeping visitors away and contributing to your loved one's social isolation. Use our Activities & Kits to give your visits meaning & pleasure for all, while making new awesome memories together!
Every Caregiver is different and every person you care for is different, so it's very important to find a strategy that works for you. Here are a few options for you to consider!
Our online courses are project-based, to allow you to move through each module in a purposeful way. Learn the activities for yourself first, and then co-create with your loved one and others. All courses are in a video format designed to allow you to follow along. Downloadable guides, instructions and materials lists make it easy for you to learn in your own way and in your own time. You have lifetime access to your courses!
A "Create Date" gives family caregivers a much needed break while we engage your loved one in person-centered art making and co-creation. We let you know which arts-based activities result in the most joyful & meaningful outcomes, so you and other family members can have your own "Create Dates" while enhancing Quality of Life and making new joyful memories with your loved one.
Whether you are working with an individual or a family, creating together is a powerful tool in assisting with communication, self-expression, storytelling and healing. In our engaging workshops, you learn how to adapt art activities to create as equal creative collaborators. The focus is on "process" rather than "product" in order to build strong relationships throughout all phases of the dementia journey.
We are busy designing, testing & creating fun & stimulating Creativity Kits for engaging with your person with dementia. Kits include all materials & complete illustrated instructions. The magic & power of using the Kits happens in the PROCESS of creating together, so we've added lots of "prompts" to support you along the way to spark imagination, stimulate conversation, storytelling & add to the fun.
In this challenging time of being a Caregiver during the Corona Virus, Artful Connections is offering FREE access to these arts-based activities for Caregivers to help reduce your stress while enhancing Quality of Life for the people you care for.
Are you ready to use the power of art-making in your life & work? Sign up for our introductory course, "Using the Arts to Create Joy & Connection". It's our gift to you. You'll learn 1. How & why using the arts makes a difference, 2. Three Mind Shifts for a"art making", & 3. Three creative activities to use with your loved one right away. Downloadable instructions and material lists are included!
Sock puppets are a lot of fun to make and have many different uses as a caregiver. 1. Puppets create an atmosphere of playfulness. 2. They are empathetic listeners. 3. They are wonderful at having conversations. 4. They are good problem-solvers. 5. Puppets can interact with people or with other puppets, adding a whole new dimension to storytelling & problem-solving. Make your own & put them to work.
At Artful Connections, we teach others how to make and use puppets as a tool for communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, storytelling, educating, building relationships, advocating for social change, enhancing creativity, and simply having fun and playing. If using puppets as a tool is new to you, check out this FREE GUIDE.
If you’ve ever jumped in front of a beam of light to make an "animal" shadow with your hands, you’re already familiar with the basics of shadow puppetry! What many people don't know, is how enjoyable it is to create shadow puppet stories with others. If you’d like to explore this unique art form and set up your own compact shadow puppet stage to create with others, download your free guide.
"Shelley King embodies Play, Fun and Laughter while giving people the tools to navigate difficult times and emotions safely and creatively!! Her Artful Connections workshops and services inspire the imagination while gently helping participants bring out their true Inner Child. For healthier individuals, families and organizations alike, Shelley King and Artful Connections are a must!"
"Thank you, Shelley, for giving such a fun and informative workshop. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and came away with additional tools & ideas to help in both our work and personal lives. The supplies you provided were terrific. Your ideas and encouragement boosted everyone's confidence and unleashed their artistic side. We all had such a blast !"