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New program aimed at helping local seniors enjoy the arts

'With this project, ODAC hopes to begin a long-term collaboration between elder care and cultural experience,' says official; information sessions coming in July
2018-04-02 Gentle Moves1
Miriam Goldberger leads a Gentle Moves class at the Orillia Waterfront Centre. A new program, HeARTS, will include movement exercises and other activities. Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters file photo

NEWS RELEASE
ORILLIA DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL
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The Orillia District Arts Council (ODAC) board of directors is pleased to announce New Horizons for Seniors funding for a new art and community-based day program.

HeARTS (Helping Elders with ARTS) includes a variety of social and wellness activities for seniors with varying degrees of health and cognition. The goal is to foster self-confidence and to address social isolation in a safe, professional, and caring environment. 

"It has long been known that the arts offer opportunity for insight, solace, and personal growth," said Dennis Rizzo, ODAC board chair. "With this project, ODAC hopes to begin a long-term collaboration between elder care and cultural experience."

Activities include movement exercise, mental stimulation, crafts, art, music relaxation and entertainment. The program will feature guest artists/musicians who will receive payment.

Community information sessions are coming in July. The Age-Friendly Orillia Advisory Committee endorse HeARTS "as an age-friendly community. We love that HeARTS values the vibrancy of older adults in the arts.”

For general information, or for an application package, email HeARTSorillia@gmail.com or call 705-309-3351.

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