2012 Alumni Social - Arts and Aging

This free event revolved around Arts and Aging and featured an exhibit that was held in the Art Gallery, a social gathering and a lecture on the dynamics of Arts and Aging, where the Center for Applied Psychology issued one continuing education credit (for free!) through our APA sponsorship. The CE Lecture started at 7:00 pm and featured Dr. Morris Eaddy, Psychologist; Mr. John Markowitz, Chair, Department of Art; and Dr. Rodney Guttmann, Director, Center on Aging.

Speaker Biographies

Eaddy, Maurice (Ph.D.)
President and CEO, Lakeview Center Inc.

Guttmann, Rodney (Ph.D.)
Professor, University of West Florida Department of Psychology
Director, University of West Florida Center on Aging

Markowitz, John (M.F.A.)
Chair, University of West Florida Department of Art

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the biological theories that pertain to improved neurological function among older adults that participate in art.
  • Describe the biological basis for improved psychological functioning using art therapy.
  • Understand the relevance of art therapy among older adults with dementia.
  • Describe the importance of planning retirement goals consistent with one’s passion.
  • Describe how individuals can use art to provide opportunity to “experiment” and learn something new about themselves during retirement.

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