The Willow Foundation raises funds annually to support several ongoing programs like Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and Zumba.
Creative Art pursuits provide older adults with multiple benefits, not the least of which is improved cognitive function. These such therapies can draw a person living with dementia out of a world of isolation and into a world of comfort and connection. For the individual with Alzheimer’s disease, Music and Art Therapies can be a gift that helps restore their sense of personhood.
Current studies in the fields of art therapy, confirm that art can affect individuals in positive ways by inducing both psychological and physiological healing. Several studies show that art and music can reduce the depression and anxiety that are often symptomatic of chronic diseases. Other research demonstrates that the imagination and creativity of older adults can flourish in later life, helping them to realize unique, unlived potentials, even when suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Therapeutic art experiences can supply meaning and purpose to the lives of older adults in supportive, nonthreatening ways.
In addition to supporting programs and services, The Willow Foundation also supports holiday and social events, as well as special trips and outings.