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Creative Activities for People with Dementia

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In this challenging time of being a Caregiver during the Corona Virus, Artful Connections is offering FREE access to our arts-based activities for Caregivers, to help reduce your stress while enhancing Quality of Life for the people you care for. Although some of these resources were developed for caregivers who are caring for elderly adults or people with dementia, they are perfectly suited to people of any age. Happy Learning & Creating!

Take an On-Line Course

Are you ready to use the power of art-making in your life & work? Sign up for our value packed introductory course, "Using the Arts to Create Joy & Connection". You'll learn 1. How & why using the arts enhances quality of life,  2. Three Mind Shifts that make a positive difference in your relationships. 3. Three creative activities to use in your life and work right away. Downloadable instructions and material lists are included!  


Make a Sock Puppet

Here are just a few reasons why puppets are such a valuable tool for Caregivers.  1. Puppets create an atmosphere of playfulness.  2. Puppets are empathetic listeners.  3. Puppets are wonderful at having conversations.  4. Puppets are good problem-solvers.  5. Puppets can interact with people or with other puppets, adding a whole new dimension to storytelling & problem-solving.


Learn How to Use Puppets in the Work You Do With Others

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.  


Discover the Magic of Shadow Puppetry

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. 


Enhancing Quality of Life for Yourself & Others

Our Arts-Based Activities and Online Courses for Caregivers, follow a 3 Pillar System. Every activity, course, and workshop leads you through the action steps for each of the 3 Pillars.

1. Take Care of Yourself First

We believe Caregivers have one of the most important & demanding jobs in the world and we want to help make your role as a Caregiver, easier & more meaningful.  Our arts-based activities are not only fun; they engage a part of the brain that helps reduce stress. 

2. Adapt the Process to Co-Create with Your Loved One

Be creative together!  We show you how to adapt the art-making process to Co-create with the people you care for. The collaborative process promotes greater connection and many moments of joy.

3. Include More People

Invite others to join in!  By including family, friends and community in the creative process, you add to the fun, reduce social isolation for your loved one, and make special "new memories" for everyone who is involved.

Is lack of TIME keeping you from being your best self? Here's what Artful Connections does to HELP!

Caregivers want to make a positive change in the lives of the people they care for, but the #1 problem identified by almost all Caregivers is lack of TIME!


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. Activities include a full range of various artforms!

Develop & Test

Before an activity makes it's way to you, we test it and tweak it directly with people living with dementia and their caregivers. This saves YOU the TIME of testing & tweaking for yourself.

Make it Engaging, Easy & Fun

Everyone learns in different ways, so we teach the activities in a variety of formats for every kind of learner.  You have access to video tutorials, downloadable guides, material lists and weekly coaching sessions to make the learning curve easy, fun & TIME efficient.

Choose your own strategy for being a more creative Caregiver!

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!

Online Courses for Caregivers

Our online courses are project-based, to allow you to move through each of the 3 Pillars in a purposeful way;  for yourself first, and then to 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!


"Create Dates" in Peterborough, Ontario

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 report back to you, 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. 


Workshops for Caregivers

Whether you are working with an individual or a family, making & using puppets together is a powerful tool in assisting with communication, self-expression, problem solving, storytelling and healing.  In our engaging workshops, you create a sock puppet to assist you in the work you do with others.  As a group, we explore a variety of ways puppets can give a voice to those who are too hurt, sad or confused to speak.


Funders & Community Partners Who Have Supported Our Programming

"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!"

Cynthia Mitchell
Life Coach, Educator, Speaker (www.sweetperspectives.ca)

"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 !"

Marna E. Martin
Owner of Trafalgar Personell

You Can Do This!

Isn't it exciting to know you can make an even bigger difference in the life of your loved one or client AND take better care of yourself at the same time? Get started now with our FREE COURSE, "Using the Arts to Create Joy & Connection"!


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