WHAT WE DO
We believe that imaginative expression is still possible when individuals are unable to express themselves verbally. We believe in providing validation when the elderly are able to create something that has meaning.
Our weekly programme for 24 weeks aims to help individuals learn a new skill, exercise their motor skills and explore pottery. In addition, it allows the participant to discuss a topic and try and manifest their thoughts on the medium of clay in whichever way that they are able to express them.
The nature of clay is grounding and the experience of using clay to create engages the person completely. Clay as a medium is limitless in terms of what could be created. This would make clay an ideal platform to introduce new concepts and themes.
HOW THE ELDERLY BENEFITS
Our participants were between the age of 62 and 93 years old. They also encompass able-bodied and active elderly to elderly with stroke, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury and age related impediments. Through our Neuroeducation-based workshops, the elderly can gain the following:
Level of engagement
Motor skills improvement
To quote a staff, “your program is all-rounded in terms of addressing [the elderly's] mental well-being and is great for the prevention or delay of brain related impediments”.
To quote a volunteer, “the elderly are having a lot more fun than I have ever seen; your program is unique and very engaging”.
DVG gives more than just rehabilitation value. We also provide validation of abilities and help in executive functioning skills and dexterity. Active aging is having a healthily active mindset and well being.
And we believe in “70 is the new 20”.