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1. “Patchwork” 2004 group artwork from LIFE Program in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaFabric 45” X 70”Many older adults have saved scraps of fabric from homemade clothes or worn out clothes to create quilts for their families. Limited manual dexterity and visual limitations made sewing prohibitive for this group. Each client was given a fabric square to decorate by arranging and gluing fabric onto the square. The familiarity of working with fabric stimulated many stories about past experiences of creating quilts, sewing, and caring for families, which were shared around the table in a fashion similar to quilting bees of old. This piece of artwork is hanging in the dining room at LIFE. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Additional sponsorship provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.: 

1. 'Patchwork' 2004 group artwork from LIFE Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fabric 45' X 70' Many older adults have saved scraps of fabric from homemade clothes or worn out clothes to create quilts for their families. Limited manual dexterity and visual limitations made sewing prohibitive for this group. Each client was given a fabric square to decorate by arranging and gluing fabric onto the square. The familiarity of working with fabric stimulated many stories about past experiences of creating quilts, sewing, and caring for families, which were shared around the table in a fashion similar to quilting bees of old. This piece of artwork is hanging in the dining room at LIFE. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Additional sponsorship provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

2. “Hands “2004 group artwork from LIFE Program in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaTempera paint on paperClients on a dementia unit created this 32” X 60” mural. Working inside a tracing of their own hand provided the clients a structure within which to use the less structured media of tempera paint. Using paint can provide choices and sensory stimulation and paint can accommodate varying levels of ability. The completed group project provides a sense of pride and accomplishment for the clients, with hands an easily recognized form. It is hanging in the activity area of the “The Circle of Care” the dementia unit at LIFE.This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Additional sponsorship provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.: 

2. 'Hands ' 2004 group artwork from LIFE Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tempera paint on paper Clients on a dementia unit created this 32' X 60' mural. Working inside a tracing of their own hand provided the clients a structure within which to use the less structured media of tempera paint. Using paint can provide choices and sensory stimulation and paint can accommodate varying levels of ability. The completed group project provides a sense of pride and accomplishment for the clients, with hands an easily recognized form. It is hanging in the activity area of the 'The Circle of Care' the dementia unit at LIFE. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Additional sponsorship provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

3. “A Spring Mural” 2003 group artwork from LIFE Program in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaMixed mediaMembers of the dementia unit created this 52” X 102” multimedia mural. With physical and mental limitations, these elderly clients are reminded daily of their limitations and activities they can no longer successfully do. This group project provided opportunity for interaction, sharing, helping each other, and making choices, and allowed for participation at varying levels of ability. It is hanging in “The Circle of Care” the dementia unit at LIFE. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Additional sponsorship provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.: 

3. 'A Spring Mural' 2003 group artwork from LIFE Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mixed media Members of the dementia unit created this 52' X 102' multimedia mural. With physical and mental limitations, these elderly clients are reminded daily of their limitations and activities they can no longer successfully do. This group project provided opportunity for interaction, sharing, helping each other, and making choices, and allowed for participation at varying levels of ability. It is hanging in 'The Circle of Care' the dementia unit at LIFE. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Additional sponsorship provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

4. “Untitled” 2003 by Ms. A. WorthenTempera paint on paperA 69-year-old woman from Philadelphia created this painting. After experiencing a stroke she faces many physical challenges including right-sided weakness and expressive aphasia. With difficulty communicating verbally, art therapy provides her a place to make choices, have control, and successfully learn something new. Using her non-dominant left hand to paint, she expresses delight in participating in the creative process and has pride in the end product.This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. : 

4. 'Untitled' 2003 by Ms. A. Worthen Tempera paint on paper A 69-year-old woman from Philadelphia created this painting. After experiencing a stroke she faces many physical challenges including right-sided weakness and expressive aphasia. With difficulty communicating verbally, art therapy provides her a place to make choices, have control, and successfully learn something new. Using her non-dominant left hand to paint, she expresses delight in participating in the creative process and has pride in the end product. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community.

5. “The Sun” 2004 by Ms. Foster Wet on wet watercolor on coffee filterThis 89-year-old African American woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania spent her childhood in the South picking cotton, climbing trees, gardening and cooking. Although diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she enjoys engaging the creative process, which serves to stimulate long term memories and provide a place to experiment with art supplies and create beauty. In this piece the circle provided safety and structure for the expressive and less structured media of watercolors. With each touch of the brush to the wet paper the colors blended together delighting the client who stated “This is very beautiful isn’t it!”This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. .: 

5. 'The Sun' 2004 by Ms. Foster Wet on wet watercolor on coffee filter This 89-year-old African American woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania spent her childhood in the South picking cotton, climbing trees, gardening and cooking. Although diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she enjoys engaging the creative process, which serves to stimulate long term memories and provide a place to experiment with art supplies and create beauty. In this piece the circle provided safety and structure for the expressive and less structured media of watercolors. With each touch of the brush to the wet paper the colors blended together delighting the client who stated 'This is very beautiful isn’t it!' This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. .

6. “Untitled” 2003 by V. Williamson FabricThe 83 year old African American women who created this quilt square formerly worked as a seamstress. Despite arthritis limiting her manual dexterity she continues to enjoy drawing and doing various kinds of artwork. She states “I like doing stuff with my hands because it helps the arthritis in my fingers and the yellow fabric reminds me of a housecoat I used to have!”This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. : 

6. 'Untitled' 2003 by V. Williamson Fabric The 83 year old African American women who created this quilt square formerly worked as a seamstress. Despite arthritis limiting her manual dexterity she continues to enjoy drawing and doing various kinds of artwork. She states 'I like doing stuff with my hands because it helps the arthritis in my fingers and the yellow fabric reminds me of a housecoat I used to have!' This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community.

7. “Untitled” by Ms. King 2003fabricThis 88 year old African American woman loves music and comes to the center for socializing and to participate in the activities.This media provides structure and choices and working in an Art Therapy group provides socializing and sharing of stories.This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Sponsorship for framing provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.: 

7. 'Untitled' by Ms. King 2003 fabric This 88 year old African American woman loves music and comes to the center for socializing and to participate in the activities. This media provides structure and choices and working in an Art Therapy group provides socializing and sharing of stories. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Sponsorship for framing provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

8. “Colors” 2003 by Ms. M. RobersonTempera paint on paperThis 76-year-old African American woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania spent her childhood in Georgia milking cows, churning butter, growing vegetables and driving the horse and buggy on the dirt road. She raised 5 children and moved to Philadelphia 30 years ago to work at Jefferson College. Her strong faith and positive outlook help her to face numerous difficulties of aging including dementia and visual limitations. Though typically hesitant to try art stating “I don’t know how,” with encouragement from other group members she is willing to try. Her participation in Art Therapy is an example of the delight and surprise an elderly client can find in successfully learning something new. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. : 

8. 'Colors' 2003 by Ms. M. Roberson Tempera paint on paper This 76-year-old African American woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania spent her childhood in Georgia milking cows, churning butter, growing vegetables and driving the horse and buggy on the dirt road. She raised 5 children and moved to Philadelphia 30 years ago to work at Jefferson College. Her strong faith and positive outlook help her to face numerous difficulties of aging including dementia and visual limitations. Though typically hesitant to try art stating 'I don’t know how,' with encouragement from other group members she is willing to try. Her participation in Art Therapy is an example of the delight and surprise an elderly client can find in successfully learning something new. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community.

9. “Dots” 2004 by Ms. E. KellerTempera paint marker on paper This 62 old African American woman worked for many years as a teacher’s aide in a Philadelphia elementary school. In 1980, her organizational efforts among the parents resulted in a protest which closed the school until adequate security could be attained to insure the safety of the school children. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she can find herself in places she doesn’t recognize with people she doesn’t remember and even simple tasks can cause frustration. Art Therapy can calm this client’s agitation. The paint markers provide color with little effort and no sequential steps to learn. She was able to complete this work in an organized and repetitive way. The finished product provided her with a sense control, accomplishment and pride.This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community: 

9. 'Dots' 2004 by Ms. E. Keller Tempera paint marker on paper This 62 old African American woman worked for many years as a teacher’s aide in a Philadelphia elementary school. In 1980, her organizational efforts among the parents resulted in a protest which closed the school until adequate security could be attained to insure the safety of the school children. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she can find herself in places she doesn’t recognize with people she doesn’t remember and even simple tasks can cause frustration. Art Therapy can calm this client’s agitation. The paint markers provide color with little effort and no sequential steps to learn. She was able to complete this work in an organized and repetitive way. The finished product provided her with a sense control, accomplishment and pride. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community

10. “A Patchwork of LIFE” 2002 group artwork from LIFE Program in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaMixed MediaThe more than twenty contributors to this mixed media 72” X 72” mural were invited to experiment with and explore many kinds of media – media that many have not used since they were children, or may have never used before. The resulting cooperative mural is testament to the innate human capacity to create something beautiful even though most of the contributors stated “I can’t do art. I am not an artist.” This mural shows spontaneity, exploration, playfulness and discovery, and gives the observer a glimpse into the rich inner life of the creators. This mural is hanging in the activity room of the LIFE Program.This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Additional sponsorship provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.: 

10. 'A Patchwork of LIFE' 2002 group artwork from LIFE Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mixed Media The more than twenty contributors to this mixed media 72' X 72' mural were invited to experiment with and explore many kinds of media – media that many have not used since they were children, or may have never used before. The resulting cooperative mural is testament to the innate human capacity to create something beautiful even though most of the contributors stated 'I can’t do art. I am not an artist.' This mural shows spontaneity, exploration, playfulness and discovery, and gives the observer a glimpse into the rich inner life of the creators. This mural is hanging in the activity room of the LIFE Program. This artwork was submitted by Carol Martin Johnson, MA, Art Therapist at LIFE (Living Independently for Elderly), PENN Nursing Network at the University of Pennsylvania. LIFE is part of the national Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E.) dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services for older adults in their own community. Additional sponsorship provided by The Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, an affiliate chapter of the AATA, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

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