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Student discount available for Expressive Arts in Long Term Care workshop

Regular implementation of expressive arts in long term care settings can: Improve quality of life Increase resident engagement Decrease residents’ isolation, depression, unwanted behaviors, and falls Recognizing this, the Indiana State Department of Health is sponsoring Expressive Arts in Long Term Care workshops around the state. ISDH has approved a special discounted rate of $60

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UIndy School of OT celebrates OTD accreditation status

In March 2017, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) conducted a site visit to evaluate the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy’s entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program for accreditation. The program welcomed its first OTD cohort in August 2015. The cohort is on track to graduate in May 2018. The

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Gerontology capstone presentations to span a variety of aging topics

Gerontology, the study of aging, is a broad discipline. Our upcoming Capstone presentations by graduate gerontology students, which will take place on Wednesday, May 3, demonstrate that breadth. The graduate gerontology program is offered completely online, giving students the option to present their capstone work in person or from a remote location. Both in-person presentations and

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Expressive Arts workshop for long term care workers scheduled for March 2017

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) will host it’s second Expressive Arts in Long Term Care workshop near Indianapolis in March 2017. CAC has been contracted by the Indiana State Department of Health to design, implement, and coordinate the project that aims to improve the quality of life of older adults living in long

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Grad programs in aging studies to be focus of upcoming webinar

2016 is whizzing by and before long 2017 will make its appearance. Will 2017 be the year that you will go back to school? Our online graduate programs in gerontology, or aging studies, are the perfect fit for many working professionals. Careers in aging go far beyond medical professions. Expertise in aging is beneficial to social

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Gerontology professor presents on interdisciplinary collaboration and service-learning

Gerontology — the study of aging — is an interdisciplinary field that pulls from the fields of psychology, social work, public health and more. University of Indianapolis Associate Professor Dr. Lisa Borrero has recently used her interdisciplinary expertise and commitment to service-learning in presentations to other colleagues in higher education. In September 2016, Borrero and

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Using art to improve quality of life for older adults

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) has received a $600,000 contract from the Indiana State Department of Health to design, implement, and coordinate a project that will improve the quality of life of older adults living in long term care facilities through the use of the arts. The Expressive Arts in

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What if everything we know about aging is wrong?

On October 19, 2016, the University of Indianapolis will host Age of Disruption, a national tour that brings a radical new approach to growth and aging. The brainchild of Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, the Age of Disruption Tour will roll into Indianapolis in a

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Gerontology capstone to focus on music and dementia

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, Master of Science in Gerontology student Laura Haw will present her capstone project. Haw’s project, which is a culmination of gerontology coursework in her master’s program, is titled “Preferred music for patients with dementia: Reducing disruptive behavior and increasing well-being.” Inspired by “Alive Inside,” a documentary film on the topic, Haw wanted to study the

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UIndy gerontology professor puts forth strategies for livable cities

Do you ever wonder what our cities will be like in the future? How will we support ever greater numbers of cities and towns, ensuring sustainable growth and healthy citizens? How we will create “just” communities, where all have a voice in planning and development, ensuring socially, culturally, and environmentally sound environments? How can we

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UIndy’s online gerontology program ranked among best

The Master of Science in Gerontology program at the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community was recently included on a list of Top 15 Online Gerontology Programs. The list, published by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com, highlights each program’s admission criteria, acceptance rate, tuition and financial aid, among other facts. OnlineSchoolsCenter.com said of UIndy’s program, “Few come

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Register today for UIndy gerontology programs webinar

Have you noticed a trend at the movie theater, in commercials on television, and in magazine advertising? More and more, adults over the age of 60 are being featured. There’s good reason for that. In 2000, people age 65 and older made up 12 percent of the U.S. population. That percentage is expected to rise

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UIndy undergrad wins annual “Arts & Aging” award

University of Indianapolis rising sophomore Emily Stern (pictured at right) was selected as the 2016 Careers in Aging “Arts & Aging” contest winner by the university’s Center for Aging & Community. Stern, a human biology and environmental science major, submitted a piece of prose entitled “Hands,” which can be read below. Students were encouraged to

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Using occupational therapy to help long-term care residents advocate for themselves

Dr. Julie Bednarski, assistant professor in the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy, recently published a peer-reviewed article in the January 2016 issue of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Bednarski’s article, “An Elective Course Exploring Occupational Justice Through Occupational Storytelling and Story Making,” stemmed from her doctoral work at Chatham University. Bednarski created

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Advanced education in the care of people with dementia

Long term care professionals who are interested in advanced training in dementia caregiving will want to register for Care of Persons with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a course coordinated by the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community on behalf of the Indiana State Department of Health. The three-day, interactive, face-to-face training course will be

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Registration open for online aging studies courses

Registration for Winter 2016 continues for both undergraduate and graduate courses in aging studies at the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC). Courses are offered in a completely online format offering maximum flexible for individuals with busy schedules. Anyone with a bachelor’s degree or higher can take individual graduate courses on a

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Four gerontology students to present capstone projects

Students in the online Master of Science in Gerontology program are required to plan, conduct and present a Capstone project to conclude their course of study in the program. Four graduating gerontology students will give their Capstone presentations on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the  Center for Aging & Community in Room 210 of the

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Neighborhood Stories wins $10k prize for intergenerational effort

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) joined forces with Big Car arts collaborative and Joy’s House to host a Spirit & Place event called Dream Indy 5×5. The competition asked teams to dream up ways to use art to improve Indianapolis and encouraged submissions that had an intergenerational bent to them.

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Your vote can mean $10k for one lucky 5×5 team

How can you use art to make Indianapolis more accessible, healthy, green or lively for multiple generations? That’s the question the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community, Big Car Collaborative and Joy’s House Adult Day Service asked people to consider.  Five teams will use five slides and take five minutes to pitch their

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CAC to host music & dementia program, give away $1,000 training certificate

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today. That number is expected to jump to 16 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. While researchers work to find ways to prevent and cure the disease, family caregivers and aging services professionals work to help those suffering with dementia to maintain and improve

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