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 The Focus is on the Whole Person and his/her desire to live a meaningful life.

Vital Involvement is enacted when a person participates in a meaningful activity or interaction with any element of their environment.


Promoting Vital Involvement occurs when a Service Coordinator produces an action that ENCOURAGES  an elder to participate in meaningful interaction with her/his environment.

NOT by their immediate situations that may involve needs and health concerns

Our Observations:
Living a Meaningful life Promotes:

  • Overall wellbeing
  • Increased quality of life
  • Decreased depression
  • Increased socialization
  • And provides contribution/value added to the community

The program assists the person in finding solutions to obstacles that may stand in his/her way.

Nearly 3,000 stories have been collected describing the ways low-income Elders living in subsidized housing have experienced and engaged in Vital Involvement, including the techniques and experiences of the service coordinator's engagement in this program

Vital Involvement in Service Coordination shifts the goal of intervention towards supporting the elder in experiencing a meaningful daily life; away from accomplishing a particular task for  the elder client.

  • Art and music change brainwave patterns, affect a person's autonomic nervous system, their hormones and the brain transmitters

People want to be identified by
Who they are
What they think
What they’ve done
What they dream

  • Scientific studies reveal that art heals by changing a person's physiology. The body's physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation
  • Promoting Vital Involvement occurs when a person takes some action that encourages an elder to participate in meaningful interaction with their environment

The AWVIA program combines the principles of art as wellness and Vital Involvement practice to promote a rich environment of creativity and opportunity