Linda Davis and Helen Kivnick met at the annual meeting of the America Society on Aging, March 2013, and almost immediately established a working collaboration, based on complementary interests in the importance of creative activity in supporting meaningful daily life for elders. As the Assistant Vice President of AHEPA Management Company, Davis brought an interest in integrating arts and other creative activities into the 87 service coordinated HUD Section 202 affordable senior housing communities for which she was responsible. As humanities and Arts Editor for the Gerontologist, Professor of Social Work, a clinical psychologist, and a long-time scholar in positive aging and healthy life-cycle development, Kivnick was interested both in integrating participatory arts activities into our broader understanding of overall elder well-being, and also in translating Erik Erikson's seminal theory of life-cycle development into direct service in gerontology
Support, design and execution of a quasi-experiment to quantify the inferred-casual impact of the Art, Wellness and Vital Involvement in Agingtm (AWVIA) model on very low-income older adults
We are a collaborating partner in a grant awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts. The purpose of the grant is to support a national study examining the physical, cognitive, social and emotional effects of the Art, Wellness and Vital Involvement in Agingtm (AWVIA) program on engaged low-income, older adults living in subsidized housing. Songwriting Workstm was invited to provide the Art (music engagement) segment of the AWVIA model. The project title is "To support Impact Assessment of Professionally Conducted Music Engagement Programs and Vital Involvement Promotion with Low-income Elders in Subsidized Housing Communities."
We hope to get a sense of the impact AWVIA has on the participants of the study and potential for future participants in AWVIA
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During the past 5 years, we have provided training in the Vital Involvement in Service Coordination model to 70 service coordinators in HUD 202 affordable senior housing. The scope of the work extended to 22 states and had the potential to improve more than 5,000 low-income elders to be engaged and continue to live meaningful lives based on their skills, interests, hobbies and dreams.
Collaboratively, Kivnick and Davis developed the principles that have guided the:
Vital Involvement in Service Coordinationtm Project and the
Art, Wellness and Vital Involvement in Agingtm Project