In partnership with UCLArts & Healing, ALMA (Addressing Loneliness with Movement & Art) seeks to transform lives by creating intergenerational relationships with underserved seniors through movement, music, and art activities. ALMA offers education, training, direct creative arts programming, and advocacy.
ALMA is offering a paid opportunity for individuals to deliver its virtual programs to older adults living in nursing homes and other types of care facilities. For example, DancePals is a one-hour, dance-movement-therapy-based, guided, virtual, dance experience connecting youth (or adults) with older adults.
Interested parties would need to complete a six-hour training on the basics of using expressive arts therapies-informed techniques for working with older adults. These are techniques that promote connection, empathy, and community building. In addition, they will learn best practices for communicating and working with older adults with impaired cognitive and functional abilities. The training will also include logistics of setting up and running one’s own programs, managing volunteer-supported programs, and using movement, music, and art as platforms for advocacy and social change. Participants will experience sample sessions developed around life-issue-related themes for older adults and also learn the results of outcome measures.
Post-training, participants must participate in four practice sessions before they can formally begin to facilitate sessions and receive payment.