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Uploaded on Aug 11, 2011

During a Creativity and Aging course taught by Mary Ligon, Ph.D., students traveled to The Village at Kelly Drive to work with elders in the retirement community.

"This course is an application-oriented course in which students learn about the field of creativity and aging through traditional classroom methodologies and through experiential learning," said Ligon. "Students learn about the field by reading and discussing written materials on this topic and by actually engaging in a creative arts programs with elders."

This summer's creative arts program consisted of working collaboratively with the elders on the edu-drama "ElderSpeak." The play examined the real phenomenon of elderspeak -- a negative way of communicating with older adults using a form of baby talk or ignoring the elder and speaking to the caregiver, or making assumptions about limitations of the elder.

"The play took a humorous approach but had an important message," said Ligon.

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