Creating a dementia-friendly app that fosters intergenerational friendship through collaborative art
“The more people can witness the creative capacity of people living with dementia, the more they can appreciate the humanity of all people.”
As an artist, gerontologist and educator, Elizabeth “Like” Lokon uses visual arts to build intergenerational friendships. She is the founder and director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people living with dementia based at Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio.
Since 2007, OMA has been replicated at over 180 sites in North America. Dr. Lokon frequently speaks on the intersection of the arts, dementia and intergenerational service learning and has published in these areas. She has presented her work in North America, Europe and Asia.
She is also a fiber artist.